Posted by: thinkeak | September 14, 2009

Do you Boo?

September 14, 2009
By Kristin A. Snyder

DO YOU BOO?

My friend and associate, Tory Castillo, introduced me to the latest social media trend, Booing. Audioboo is a microblog social networking site that allows users to share and post audio messages, it is like Twitter but audio. It is a free application that can be downloaded on the iPhone (only the iPhone!) and has been integrated with Twitter and Facebook. A Boo is typically a short message around three minutes long but can be much longer to be utilized as podcasts or interviews, etc. Like blogs and podcasts, you can subscribe to someone’s boo’s through iTunes RSS.

Booing is pretty simple to do. After downloading the application to your iPhone push record to record an audio message, then hit upload to post the message to the public timeline at AudioBoo.fm.

This video shows a more detailed explanation of Audioboo.

Audioboo could be the next driving force in social media but one drawback is that the application is currently only for iPhone users. For those of you, like me, who do not have an iPhone, you can still Boo through Phoneboo (dialing into a UK number) or by using SkypeOut. However, both methods may cost you additional fees.

Another drawback to the system that keeps Audioboo from being a fully functional social networking tool is the inability to comment to Boo’s through your mobile device. Currently, if you want to comment, you will need to be at your computer logged into Audioboo’s website.

Audioboo’s application needs to become compatible to other mobile devices and needs to be further developed to include instant comments through the mobile application. Overall, this is a cool personal way to stay connected allowing you to capture moments that text could not give justice too.

What do you think the future of booing holds? Will this type of social media compliment or take over current text base communication?

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Responses

  1. so, when will you be able to Booo via products other than iphone? Seems the beauty of txting is that it is quick and to the point…get in…get out. Would see booing as more of a greeting card from time to time as opposed to mainstream communication tool.

  2. During the G8 conference, news reporting agencies used booing to provide live updates from the front lines. As TV/Radio reports were being carefully reviewed before being allowed to be broadcasted in some regions of the world, the Booing allowed reporters to provide unfiltered,immediate reports to the masses. Very interesting use of the application.

  3. This has the potential to be an even bigger phenomenon than Twitter. You can hear people speak every mindless thought they have instead of just reading them.


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