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April 24, 2006

Blogs: They Dance, They Sing

Heather Green

How would you like your blog spam read to you?

So, I got this intriguing email about a new blog technology called MyChingo, which lets you hear readers comments, rather than read them. MyChingo is a voice mail message service that lets readers record comments from their browsers and send them to you. Michael Bailey, the fellow who came up with the technology, says that you can even let other people who visit your site listen to the comments.

At first, my traditional side immediately thought, this is a very very bad idea. Honestly, all I could think of was being forced to listen to, not simply read spam. But is that overblown? Spammers probably wouldn't take the time to record messages?

Still, even without the spectre of spam floating greasily above the room, my traditional side still wins. I would still rather read comments on this blog. So it would have to be a specific kind of blog where you would want to hear them.

UPDATE

Michael Baily sent an email bringing up a couple of good points. When it comes to podcasting, he says "you can can download your audio comments and re-use them as 'listener comments; in your future podcast episodes. OR you can even use the entire system in "reverse" and send yourself audio comments, then mark them public, and let the rest of your site visitors listen to them - sort of like "Quick podcasting."

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I prefer comments because most readers won't take the time to listen to a bunch of comments - it is much quicker to scan with the eyes.

Spoken comments would seem to be more open to rants or illogical responses. I like to stop and think as I compose my comments.

Posted by: Diane Ensey at April 24, 2006 01:16 PM

Then there is feed2podcast.com that turns both your blog and soon your comments in a podcast for the listening.

Posted by: robbie schmelzer at April 24, 2006 09:27 PM

Heather,

Here are a few sites where the MyChingo Voice Comment system is in place.

http://remarkablepalate.blogspot.com

http://spacemusic.libsyn.com

http://allwnyradio.com/awnyrhome.html

http://www.independencesquare.biz

http://www.mobasoft.com

http://www.bitblogs.com

As you can see from those sites, it makes a pretty nice addition to most any type of website.

I partially agree with Diane's comments, and I commend her on actually taking time to compose thoughtful comments (a rare thing obviously, seeing that many sites now have some sort of moderation in place - not only for blog spam)however, I have seen numerous written comments which have escalated to 300+ responses. The end result on those was nothing important was ever said, just a bunch of arguments and nitpicking.

So far, what I have seen with MyChingo is that people actually don't leave as many messages - I'm thinking that since their voice is being used, it's more personal and therefore reflects directly back to them as a person. Most of use (thankfully) hold values such as, "If you don't have anything good to say, keep silent..." So far, it's holding true.

Posted by: Michael Bailey at April 25, 2006 07:58 AM

Hello Heather,

I just wanted to submit an information update regarding the MyChingo Audio Comment System.

A new FREE Membership is now available!

The free audio comment system has all the same features as a paid membership, with a reduced recording time of 2-minutes per message instead of the 30-minutes which paid members receive.

Sign up for your free MyChingo Audio Comment System by visiting http://www.mychingo.com/signup.asp

Michael

Posted by: Michael Bailey at June 10, 2006 08:02 AM


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