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Testing out AudioBoo

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On the heels of posting about 12seconds, which I’d describe succinctly as video Twitter, I’m experimenting more today with AudioBoo—a sort of audio Twitter. It’s pretty basic, but requires a phone (preferably an iPhone, but any phone will do). I’m looking for other journalists who may be using it or testing it out. Drop a comment here, Tweet me or Boo me back.

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  • I have used it (http://audioboo.fm/profile/curt_m) but not for journalism. But it seems like a great bit of technology for journalists. Particularly since you can set it to automatically Tweet your boos. Would be great for a breaking story where you want to quickly file an audio report and update it frequently.

    I’ve noticed that the audio quality is great from an iPhone, not so good from others. But it works. And, you can append a photo, which would also be great for journalists.

    Seems like a natural to me.

  • Have you used this from something other than an iPhone? (Just curious—I put it on my company blog but I don’t know if the international call you have to dial will scare off some people.)

    Downsides so far seem to be: iPhone app won’t let me see just my Boos and you can’t embed from it. However, you can embed by viewing the non-mobile site in your browser and using copy/paste. If you’re using WordPress or if you can access your CMS on the mobile Web, it offers a pretty easy way to embed/post from the field. (Of course, you can always just have a Twitter feed embedded on your home page, too.)

    Another option I’d like to see (perhaps in the rumored—or should I say rumoured—paid version) is the ability to produce short slide shows to accompany your Boos. Perhaps that’s getting to be too much like 12seconds, but the option would be nice.

  • Have only used it from iPhone. Haven’t tried embedding but I’ll have to give it a shot.

    For a journalist, the ability to put up a Boo and have it Tweeted immediately seems like an advantage for breaking stories.

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