In 2005, podcasting started its rise into the mainstream culture. Made popular by portable music players such as Apple's iPod, podcasting became a new way to distribute audio content on the internet through a subscription based model.
Before podcasting, audio could be uploaded to a web site, and it could even be downloaded by users. However, the problem was that the user would have to return to the website every few days to check for new audio files. With podcasting, a user can subscribe to a podcast in a client such as iTunes and whenever there is a new episode or audio in that podcast feed, it is automatically downloaded to the computer. The user can choose to listen to the audio on the computer or push the content to a portable music player.
After a few months in the hands of early adopters, podcasting exploded in popularity. Several churches were on the front wave of this technology, taking advantage of the possibility for a virtually infinite audience. Not only would a small congregation hear a message, but it also could now be heard around the world. A speaker could give a message on a Sunday morning, and by that afternoon, it could be downloaded and listened to in London. A ministry could expand from an audience of a couple hundred to several thousand with a click of a button.
The churches and ministries that were on the first wave of podcasting were the groups with large budgets or a wiz on their tech team. We saw many ministries with the desire to use this new way to distribute their message, but they did not have the resources or the know-how to do so.
PodPoint was created to solve this problem. Late in 2005, we began to build a site that would allow ministries to easily own, manage, and update a podcast. We wanted to see every ministry have the ability to have their message heard by the masses.
PodPoint will evolve as the media landscape and capabilities evolve. We are already developing ways to manage and distribute video in the same way that audio is managed currently. We hope to always give ministries the tools to help them broadcast their message to the world, every tongue, tribe, and nation.
PodPoint is owned and operated by Nathan Moore. Nathan is the former Director of Media and Techonology at The Gallery Church in New York City. Currently, Nathan lives near Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Rachael. The passion of both Nathan and Rachael is to see people all over the world come to Christ through new media and technology.
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