The battle of the one-star reviews
July 15, 2019 · 2.5 minutes to read
Exclusive: There’s been a significant increase in one-star reviews in Apple Podcasts since 1st July, according to analytics company Chartable, which tracks rankings and reviews across a number of podcast directories. Of the most one-voted, four of the top ten shows are true crime podcasts, including the #1.
Fireside is changing its stats to better align with the IAB standards, it’s told its customers in a newsletter. The company tells us it’s currently considering IAB certification.
The open-source podcast directory gPodder is looking for a new maintainer before the end of the year. It’s integrated into several podcast clients.
70 Million is back for Season 2 — 70 million adults in the United States have a criminal record. How did we get here and what do we do now? The open-source podcast goes deeper this season into how people, neighborhoods, counties, and cities are breaking cycles of incarceration by trying bold solutions--starting with the local jail. Find episodes, toolkits, and other resources at 70MillionPod.com, and hear us on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic or wherever you listen. (70 Million is produced by Lantigua Williams & Co. and funded by the Safety and Justice Challenge at the MacArthur Foundation.)
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“This Podcaster Is Charging His Guests $275 Per Session, and They Seem to Love It” covers mürmur, from Uluç Ülgen. You also get a Turkish fortune-reading thrown in. Hidden in the story: landlords got concerned with the amount of strangers he had visiting to guest on his podcast, and he was thrown out - twice.
- Exclusive: If you’re seeing podcasts downloaded by a user-agent called
googlebot-video- Google have confirmed that this useragent is used to index audio for all Google products including Google Podcasts. “The audio is used as a signal for ranking and recommendation,” said Zack Reneau-Wedeen to us. They’ve told us they plan to update their developer’s guide. (You should probably categorise it as a bot).
- The above change is in an open user-agents list on Github. There’s an accompanying Slack group - if you’d like an invite, reply to this email.
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