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BearPodcast - Episode 60 - Ang Aking Munting Mundo

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Co-host: reb2

Running Time: 1:05:40

Episode 60 is now ready for download!

DOWNLOAD THE SHOW HERE
http://www.bearpodcast.com

What's in this episode:
AdaMadge, Sirius Offense by Bear Talk, Bear411 Issues, Bear from L.A.

This is a serious show tackling podiosphere fights, discrimination and intolerance.

I hope you guys enjoy it.

I would like to thank all of you guys who posted messages on my LJ. I really appreciate it. This is something important to me and you guys are awesome to support.
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From:winbear
Date:April 28th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
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I haven't listened to the whole show yet (I guess I'm at about the halfway mark as I only listen in the car), but I wanted to comment on bear411 while I was thinking about it. There are certain things you cannot say on bear411 in your profile as well as in your messages to other members. I haven't got a full list of all the words that are filtered, but I know that any usage of the word "ugly" will cause your message to not be sent. There are several things that can cause your message window to appear to "Send" your message, but then pop back up with the same message. The censorship is one of them, but not the only one. Sometimes, it can cause a duplicate message, which can cause confusion about whether your previous reply was actually sent.

You and Roy mentioned a few issues with the site and the site owner and recommended some alternatives. I've checked out some of the alternatives, either recently or previously, and none of them have nearly the number of bears as bear411. BearForest and Bearwww seem to have about 10% of the active usage as bear411, at least in the US and specifically Texas. Beardar has even less of an active population. Some of them are a little too aggressive about requiring a paid membership when they apparently don't have the traffic or content to warrant it. BiggerCity and BigMuscleBears aren't really very good matches for my interests, either, so I don't hang out there.

That leaves Resources for Bears and bear.net, both of which have extensive profile databases, but don't really have a chat mechanism that supports private and offline messages without going to (blind) e-mail. RfB and bear.net also seem to have this "old school" image since they have a much longer online history. This longevity is a double-edged sword as people tend to consider them "tired" since they are no longer avant garde with all the modern features and amenities. In the last year, I think I have been contacted once by a member finding my profile on each of those sites.

While I might have high hopes that Beardar, Bearciti, or some other site will be the "bear web 2.0" site(s), I don't see that happening within the next year. It is going to take a combination of the right features, the right attitude and then the right early adopters talking up the new site in such a way that more guys see that bear411 just doesn't cut it anymore.
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From:brchase
Date:April 28th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Thanks Tommy for your comment.

The startup websites are up to it. They're working hard to compete with the all and mighty Bear411. Their numbers are low, but who knows? Time will tell.

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