Come Dancing...The First Phone Tree VoIP Blog Carnival Roundup

Updated: January 07, 2011

It looks like we have some work to do to make the Phone Tree blog carnival a bit more of an event and more of a party and less of a wake. We got a total of three submissions for this first occurence - and one of them was from me and one of them was off-topic (but good enough in its own way to be included).

I'm going to take a moment to reintroduce the concept so that everyone knows what a blog carnival (aka blog event) is. The idea is that a group of somewhat like minded bloggers, who cover the same general topic (in this case VoIP, Voice 2.0, IP telephony, etc.) get together periodically and all write a post on a common theme on their blogs. in advance of a deadline for the event. Then whoever is the host for that event, writes an overview and roundup of ALL the posts linking to them all. That way the readers all get a great summary of a great variety of posts on a particular topic and everyone involved benefits from greater publicity and a wider audience for their work than normal. Readers beenfit from being introduced to a bunch of new blogs. Bloggers benefit from being introduced to a bunch of new readers.

Blog carnivals work particularly well when a clever theme is chosen that really provides value to the audience.

So - our first carnival for The Phone Tree had a theme of Introductions. Fortunately, Tsahi Levent-Levi at Radvision produced such a good post for the carnival that it can carry the whole thing all on its own. His post is a roundup of VoIP blogs - but not 'top' VoIP blogs - rather everyday VoIP blogs. The blogs that keep him up to speed on everything connected to VoIP, IP telephony and Voice 2.0. He regards it as an introduction to who he is by what he reads and what he has to say about them all. And he has 50 of them... I& found several new and valuable blogs to add to my regular reading.

The next entry was completely and totally off topic. But it was interesting so I am going to include it anyway. Richard Hemby at The College Guru site sent us a list of 19 iPhone and iPod Touch applications that are useful for EMS personnel in their jobs. Many of them are also useful to the rest of us in our desire to be informed about our won health. I suppose we can say that telephony comes into it because they run on the iPhone and the post introduces us to some potentially useful tools.

Here at CompareBusinessProducts we tried to introduce you to the three basic techniques for recording VoIP calls. Make use of your systems' features; record via the handset and hardware, or record via the PC and software.

After this first awkward introduction, we will go ahead with a new carnival in two weeks time. The topic will be "Spooks and Ghosts" looking at problems and snafus and hiccups and other issues with anything VoIP related - timed to coincide with Halloween. The roundup will be posted on Oct 27th (Tuesday) and entries are due on Oct 24th to alanlindsaycbp at gmail dot com.

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