My friend does live streaming on Facebook. Is this considered a podcast?
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Joseph from Olympia Washington asks
Dear Jason, my friend does live streaming on Facebook. Is this considered a podcast?
Nope. A Facebook live stream is not a podcast. Now, your friend could record that live stream and then make a podcast from it. But just on its own, a Facebook live stream is not a podcast. A good rule of thumb is that, if I can’t listen to your podcast on a podcast app, it probably isn’t a podcast. I’d also recommend staying away from Facebook videos. The whole thing has been a disaster and it really should be a total embarrassment for Facebook. But as we have learned in the last few years, Mark Zuckerberg’s superpower is having a complete lack of self-awareness and a total immunity to shame and embarrassment. I mean Facebook video has decimated YouTubers and online journalists and yet they have nothing to show for it. I mean, other than tons of allegations of fake views and all that low-quality content.
But seriously one of the most fantastic things about podcasting is that it is decentralized. No one controls podcasting. It is not like YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook. Podcasters are 100% independent. Sure, you can get kicked off iTunes for being a trash person, but as long as your RSS feed exist so does your podcast.
So that rule of thumb is, if I can’t listen to your podcast on a podcast app, it probably isn’t a podcast.
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