First, a confession.

I’m not super into podcasts. I’m not saying they’re bad, I think they’re great. I think it stems from the fact that I hosted one for Allegheny College for a few years when podcasts were just becoming a thing. I loved hosting them, and doing interviews for them. I think we had some great episodes  but since that time, I haven’t found a lot of time to devote to listening to them and felt kind of burnt out on the whole thing.

Build Process LogoWhat I do like are podcasts that have a set time every week. I can devote a half hour to a podcast if I know it’s going to have a set start and end time each week. I’ve seen some weekly podcasts that are two and three hours, and wonder how many regular viewers listen to the entire episode every week.

I say all that to say this: I like short podcasts. Lately, I’ve been listening to Michael Fienen’s Drunken UX podcast, especially the Build Process episodes. They’re 30 minute interviews with web developers and designers and are nice and short, but still full of good stories and information.

I was fortunate to be interviewed recently for a Build Process episode, and it’s now online and ready for you to consume while you commute, walk the dog, or take a break from work.

In the episode, we talk about my career, how I learned to make websites, projects I’ve enjoyed (and not), and what advice I’d have for people just starting out on their career in marketing and web. I think it came out great and am excited to share it with everyone. Check it out below!

I’ve been seeing a ton of sales and marketing videos on Facebook and LinkedIn lately. It’s a great way to show your expertise in an area in a new and exciting way. However, I’m seeing a lot of room for improvement in these videos. In today’s age of microscopic attention spans, you need to capture someone’s attention quickly. Here are some tips and tricks  you can use to improve your videos today.

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Google is morphing it’s long-standing Google Drive program into a new offering called Google One.

I’ve written for years about cloud storage. It’s been very interesting to watch as prices fall and storage allowances increase.

According to TechCrunch and Fast Company, Google is relaunching its Google Drive product as the new Google One. This new program will continue to offers its 100GB of storage for $2 plan they currently offer, but will add a 200GB plan for $3. The 1TB plan, which sells for $10 per month, will increase to 2TB.

FastCompany wonders if Google One and this new storage offering is the first part of a larger offering.  They say:

This sounds like the start of a broader Google subscription plan that bundles many services together, in a way that might compete with Amazon Prime.

I use Gmail, Google Calendar, Maps, and several of their APIs, and I could be interested in a larger subscription plan. As an iPhone user (and Spotify subscriber), I’m not part of the Android ecosystem so if there are mobile components to this plan, that would mean less to me. One nice part of this new plan, TechCrunch says, is the storage can be shared with family members.

So when can you take advantage of these new plans? That’s not exactly clear. From TechCrunch:

Over the course of the next few months, Google will upgrade all existing storage plans to Google One accounts starting in the U.S., with a global rollout after that. Google also tells me that it will roll out a new Android app to help users manage their plans (not their files).

Speaking of being an iPhone user, I am slightly encouraged to see Apple not falling too far behind in these storage wars. I am happy to pay a dollar a month to backup all the iOS devices in my home. I’m not letting them off the hook though, they have a long way to go to catch up with some of the other players.

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