Posted at 9:43 AM on May 5, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
Golly, email is great, and Facebook is swell, but for an audio product such as ours, wouldn't it be nice if we could use our ears and mouths to communicate with you, and you with us?
This morning I ran across a product called "Wagwire," and thought I'd try it out. Here's how it looks:
That should be fully functional, presuming you've got a microphone hooked up. Anyone want to be bold and leave us a message?
We're working on a new design of our web gunk right now, so maybe this will have a place. And perhaps I can fold it into our page on Facebook...
This Wagwire thingy is a neat e-Toy, and it (or something like it) could nicely fit the task of letting ITL users interact with the mother ship in something other than ASCII.
Last night at the brainstorming session we talked about synchronous vs. asynchronous communication modalities; it strikes me that voicemail falls somewhere in between the two, at least in the perception it leaves with the message-giver. There's something more humanistic about speaking your peace rather than writing it; that and the gee-whiz factor of talking to the ITL "cyborg" might be another way of snagging user interest.
All the best,