TechCrunch covered two new podcast via cellphone services - Podlinez and Fonpods and out of sheer curiosity, I just had to investigate how such services would be executed. What’s interesting is the difference in the technology running each site.
Podlinez, the service which provides a phone number for each individual podcast (the cleverhack podcast number is +1 (818) 688-2726), is built on a LAMP infrastructure and the HTML markup is XHTML strict. As you can see, the site design is very simple (there’s a front page and podcast directory pages) and as the service grows, I would hope the design would become a little more sophisticated. No associated blog or FAQ or any other extraneous pages. There’s no description meta tags nor a descriptive title tag either. As you can see, the User Agent is perl based - and a URL to the Podlinez site would be useful.
Http Code: 200 Date: Nov 12 11:52:18 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 34556
Agent: CheezIt/0.1 libwww-perl/5.805
On the other hand, there’s Fonpods, which I think I’ve actually seen a few months ago. To use Fonpods, you create an account on the Fonpods site, choose the podcasts you want to listen to and then dial into the central (712) 432-3030 number (For reference, here are the cleverhack podcast codes).
Http Code: 200 Date: Nov 12 12:12:04 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 34556
[tags] Podcast, Podcasting, Podcasts on cellphones, Podlinez, Fonpods, Web 2.0 [/tags]