Podomatic is a free website that enables users to create and publish their own podcasts. A podcast is an audio or video file placed on the Internet for anyone to see, hear and subscribe to. You can listen to or view podcasts on an Internet enabled computer, or on any device that plays mp3 files (for example, an mp3 player such as the Apple iPod).
Before you create your first podcast you must go to http://www.podomatic.com/ and
Once you have logged in, go to your My Podcast page, and select Post an Episode.
You now have two choices:
1) create your audio files in an external application (e.g. Audacity, http://audacity.sourceforge.net/, mp3 player, digital recorder, etc)
2) record directly into Podomatic.
If you use method 1) you will have to save the audio file you create as an mp3 file and upload it from your computer or storage device. To upload audio files to Podomatic use the IMPORT button
Posting Your Episode
Before you post your episode you will notice that Podomatic requires you to provide some other information to accompany your audio:
When people visit your Podomatic site they can respond to any post
1) by submitting written comments. These appear on the site immediately and are public.
2) by recording an audio comment. Audio comments are sent to the owner of the Podomatic site via Podmail (all Podomatic users get a Podmail account automatically) and are private. (Your Podmail account can be used separately as a voice email tool.)
It is possible to edit or delete posts at any time. If you go to your My Podcast page you will see each episode posted there with accompanying edit or delete buttons.
Podomatic is a new site and is becoming very popular and frequently ‘misbehaves’. (It is a free tool after all.)
The site is still evolving and occasionally changes its appearance and layout, and adds new features. This can be quite confusing. It should stabilise in time.
To see Podomatic in action, you might like to visit:
http://michaelc.podomatic.com/ (Michael’s site) or
http://deliab.podomatic.com/ (Delia’s site).
(site created 15/7/06)