SplashCast Player Powering NPR Facebook Application Podcasts

SplastCast LogoEver since Facebook opened its APIs and encouraged companies, independent developers, and users to create their own applications, there was a flood of programs entering the market. There is no barriers to entry except having to deal with Facebook’s framework. I am still a proactive Facebook user and think its a great social network tool, but I believe that it makes a crappy “operating system.”

I honestly had mixed feelings when I saw NPR created a Facebook application. I had these apathetic feelings because I’m simply sick of all Facebook applications, both practical (like this one) and useless (like Top Friends, SuperPoke, Zombie, etc.). I definitely enjoy listening to NPR on occasion and I was a fan of Marshall Kirkpatrick’s work on TechCrunch and in the few times I interacted with Kirkpatrick, he seems like a genuine guy. Therefore, I am rooting for SplashCast to do well also.

I’d say I first truly appreciated NPR when I listened to a streaming episode of Tavis Smiley interview John Cho and Kal Penn about Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and how their characters busted stereotypes. I regret not getting into the whole podcasting scene and adding NPR podcasts to my iPod, but perhaps I’ll start doing so.

I’d like to see a way for NPR to utilize SplashCast technology independently of Facebook. Perhaps have a YouTube-like user interface for it. But I do think SplashCast has truly added value to their partnership to NPR. SplashCast has taken a traditional form of media and integrated into a Web 2.0 world. And the intention for doing so seems to be another way to consolidate information and make it more accessible.

[1] SplashCast blog: NPR Podcast Player Launches in Facebook, powered by SplashCast

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

SplashCast Player Powering NPR Facebook Application Podcasts Comments

  1. Marshall Kirkpatrick says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Amit! I understand your mixed feelings about Facebook. I am happy to report, however, that this new NPR Podcast Player can in fact breathe the fresh clean air outside of Facebook without any problems. You can embed it anywhere and it will look just the same. Even more advanced leverage of SC’s technology may come down the road, but it was a minor miracle just to make this much happen :)

    Thanks as always for your support, best of luck over here.

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