Curse of the “Pod”

PodShow is the latest company to ditch that oh-so-2005 name by switching to the relatively meaningless Mevio this week. Others who have dropped the “pod” include EveryZing (nee PodZinger) and VoloMedia (nee Podbridge).

Can you escape the curse of the pod? It’s not looking too good for companies like podcast search engine Podscope, which hasn’t updated its blog since 2005, or podcast network PodTech, which has seen the departure of all the memorable personalities it’s been associated with (Robert Scoble, Irina Slutsky, Steve Gillmor, John Furrier). Then again, Odeo‘s original incarnation fell through, and the second one is way slow out of the gate, so maybe it’s not just the name. Who’s left? Podango, Podtrac? Are you surviving the curse of the “pod”?