Written by: Adam Christianson
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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Special edition. Interview with Jan Jannink the CTO and founder of iMeem. iMeem is an online service that takes a whole new perspective on social networking. We all have friends and family we are connected to and most of us already have those people in our chat buddy lists. Instead of putting ourselves alone into a social network and then trying to make connections to the people we know, iMeem leverages the power of your chat list and creates an instant relevant social network from people you already know and like. In this interview I talk with Jan about iMeem and the technology behind the service. Enjoy.
I’m pondering the immortal words of Socrates who said, “I drank what?” — Real Genius (1985)
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What is this? An iMeem infomercial? Is this guy a friend of yours or something? Did he pay you? is this your new revenue model? You just lost major credibility points with me.
I did see a press release from iMeem and I tried out the software. With all the social networking services out there I thought this one had an interesting spin on the space. They also have good Mac support (Universal and full featured), so I thought listeners may be interested in it. I never received a single cent from them. I actually contacted them about doing an interview and they agreed. As a bonus during the course of the interview I discovered their involvment in the Mono Project. Since that project is attempting to bring .NET technology to UNIX/LINUX and OS X I have had many lsiteners who are developers ask me about the project. Now I have an actual application to point to that uses the technology. I needed some extra time to develop the next episode, so I figured this would be a nice bonus for you. There are so many developers working hard to give cool apps to the Mac community, I thought it would be nice to help some of them get a little exposure from time to time. Maybe I am not too good at these interviews yet. Sorry if it came off commercially. It was not the intent.
you know, Jim does raise a good point.
As a typical mac fan, I am asked by PC users, what Podcasters get out of the entire process of publishing our movies and Podcasting in general. I usually say its to gernerate awareness on topics we find valuable- and this seems to be right in there with your interests.
I, too, checked out iMeem a few months ago, and found it interesting…
but went nowhere with it, so I thank you for this special edition-
Either way, thank you for the direct info from the developers. While this edition seems like promotion to some (as it is) I’d just like to refocus the light onto your profesional approach. This is, afterall, your podcast. Thanks for the good work. You helped me see why I dl’d the app originally, and informed me of a new version.
I agree with Kiff. While we are constantly advertising software through word of mouth and blogging and so on, heavily recommending in the Mac space, we never really get to hear from the developers who work so hard and generally are quite close to the Mac community when we do this.
I think it’s great that Mac developers are so close to their users and to their software in general. Hearing from them is a great thing in my book, although I would like to see a few more shorter (15-20 minute) interviews locked right into a standard podcast when the news is sparse for the week.
what is your point? do you have a problem with decent people talking about a decent product? if so why do you listen to the maccast at all? as essentially it is one big advert for apple is it not?
i think its great that adam does what he can for developers if he thinks they have something interesting to say.
I agree totally with Bob.
Thanks Bob, I could not agree more.
I enjoyed it, I had never heard of imeem, and find it rather interesting.
For what it’s worth – sorry to jump to conclusions. I must have had my crabby pants on that day – and what started off as my typical lunch with Mac news – sounded oddly to me like a scripted infomercial… about a product that I wasn’t particularly interested in… and I thought… great.. now my mac news tidbits contains advertising – I wondered if you had sold out and I was going to have to find another mac podcast.
Glad to hear that’s not the case. I’ve seen popularity corrupt a good thing. Keep doing what you are doing :)