There was an interesting story that circulated around the local news outlets recently in the Washington DC area. A local special interest group, Collective Action For Safe Spaces, was set to push the DC City Council to ask Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority – known locally as WMATA or Metro (that’s the subway side) – to participate in a public service campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment in public spaces.
It was not that long ago that podcasts were quite popular. The proliferation of portable audio devices like early iPods and Zune devices helped to create a demand for audio that spilled into a podcast revolution.
According to Wikipedia, the mid-2000s were a heyday for podcasting with a growth in interest spurred by people who liked radio but found an ability to customize the programming and the ability to listen on demand.
But there is an interesting part of the podcasting story that is left to be told. Would you believe they are still quite popular? According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, one in five people online are listening to podcasts. That is nearly twice as often as people use Twitter.
But in the transportation world, Twitter has spawned a few unlikely creations that could teach us something about how to better engage with our audiences.
Periodically I come across resources that I think might good to have handy. Here is February’s list of sites and tools that I think transportation communicators might find useful. Continue reading