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Amanda “Rocketboom” Congdon has been unboomed! What a bummer since I really enjoyed her vlog on Net Neutrality. She did not specify the reasons for the break-up or where she will go, but I have a suggestion. Folks at PodTech should hire her – right away! […]

Amanda “Rocketboom” Congdon has been unboomed! What a bummer since I really enjoyed her vlog on Net Neutrality. She did not specify the reasons for the break-up or where she will go, but I have a suggestion.

Folks at PodTech should hire her – right away! (Doh… Scoble is already thinking along those lines.) With Scobelizer already in the house, they have the whole vlogging podcast thing almost figured out. Add Amanda to the mix, and they become a serious player in the video-podcasting business. Vlogs are more fun, and are likely to get more mainstream interest than podcasts. (Okay that is just my theory!) If done right, video podcasts can become big money earners, since they get higher CPMs. Say what John?

Update: Andrew Barton says Amanda decided to move on. To pursue Hollywood dreams.

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  1. Alexander Muse Wednesday, July 5, 2006

    My understanding is that Amanda planned to (or had moved) move to LA to pursue a broader career in Hollywood. She wanted to stay with the show, but the Rocketboom folks did not want to keep her on under those terms (i.e. living in LA). Likely more to the story, i.e. Amanda was getting bigger than the show.

    I think the more interesting thing to watch will be how the show fares without her and how she does without the show. With both get bigger? Both get smaller? Or will one trump the other? It will be fun to watch.

  2. If this isn’t a stunt for publicity, then I wonder what kind of affect it will have on investment in video bloggers. This kind of news is probably throwing Tivo into a fit. Its going to make the entire ‘community created content’ look like a bunch of unreliable hacks (which they are). It could cause advertisers to take a step back before approaching content creators.

    When there is almost no investment required by the content creator to make their product, then there is nothing much keeping him from walking away from his ‘project’ and leaving others hanging.

  3. Om

    She does explain why she’s leaving – in her view, Andrew is no longer interested in being her partner.

    There’s a transcript over her announcement over at VPN:
    http://www.videopodcastingnews.com/2006/07/05/amanda-congdon-leaving-rocketboom/

    I wonder if they will both just fade away…

  4. Jason Schramm Wednesday, July 5, 2006

    Such drama. Dress Om in a skimpy outfit and he can be the next host.

  5. jason

    you so don’t want that. i know it is a visage that could scar generations – no even i cannot take that chance. ;-)

  6. I’ll definitely miss her … she added some “class” to the whole video podcasting thing.

    You could tune to http://www.mobuzz.com – they got a girl by the name Karina Stenquist. She’s pretty entertaining in her own way.

  7. Rocketboom is not a “video podcast”. Rocketboom is a Vlog.

  8. Well John, apparently “video podcast” beats out “vlog” and “vodcast”.

  9. I think I messed up the URL:
    http://www.google.com/trends?q=“video podcast”, vlog, vodcast

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