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The Social Hour (MP3)


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Social web addicts Sarah Lane and Amber MacArthur have teamed up to create "The Social Hour," your source for the best social tools, news, and fascinating folks building the next generation of the Internet. "The Social Hour" is helpful, inspiring, interactive, and fun! Although the show is no longer in production, you can enjoy episodes from the TWiT Archives.

Customer Reviews

This podcast rocks

You can't go wrong with Amber, Leo, or anyone else involved with Twit or Call for Help. This group is very knowledgable and always has great topics for their podcasts. I especially liked the protopage cast and the last cast on the 28th. If you are a novice or a techie you will enjoy this cast.

Good podcast, bad voice

It's a great podcast in terms of content, but Amber's voice can be annoyingly nasal and high-pitched. She also needs to stop that automatic nervous giggle. Leo saves the show, as usual.


net@nite is a weekly (generally speaking) podcast hosted by Amber MacArthur and (when it comes to computers), the ubiquitous Leo LePorte. It is a light and airy presentation of the many different technologies available on the Internet including reviews of new offerings. Many of the shows feature interviews with the people pushing the internet technology envelope such as Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing and the creators of Tumblr and Jaiku. If you are looking for an internet centric podcast with solid content and a superlative presentation, this show isn’t it. It is the most annoying netcast I’ve listened to. At first, I thought it was just me, that I would get used to the content free chattering back and forth between Laporte and MacArthur. I couldn’t. Their prattle reminds me of two junior high youngsters at the edge of ecstasy because they’re holding hands. Leo is annoyingly giddy, seemingly eager to make any comment that will cause Amber to giggle and MacArthur’s California “valley girl” intonation is a distraction. Perhaps if she stopped answering Laporte with “yeah” all of the time, I might be able to get past my impression that she has no idea what the real world is like. The content is weak. The two conduct powder puff interviews that provide no more insight into the interviewee or topic than if I had simply googled the subject myself. Amber’s links are “cool” sites that are useless. Not once have I really heard an evaluation of any of these links that seriously answers the question, “How would this really change how I live or work?” No personality ever has nothing but hits. Leporte’s “MacBreak Weekly” and “TWiT” podcasts are outstanding. Unfortunately, net@nite is Leo Laporte’s Ishtar.

The Social Hour (MP3)
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  • Category: Tech News
  • Language: English

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