Voicethread is an extremely interesting development in social media. It’s at the stage where it’s a great idea, but it’s only as good as the participants in the site. It has plenty of possibilities, but given that it’s a bit more difficult to understand and use than, say, a blog it may not become an overnight success.
OK, so what is it? Voicethread is a kind of online interview platform. There could be a picture in the middle displaying a proposed design for an upcoming novel. Participants in the Voicethread can then record an audio comment. So the author could say, “I wrote this because…” or a designer could say, “I chose to use these images because…” These voice comments, along with the commenters icon, appear around the image of the bookcover. There are a number of different ways to use the service and not all promotional – but at heart it’s a kind of audio blog with people all talking about one subject.
The example given on the site is an entire family giving their separate perspectives about a family photo and this is a great way for family’s connect – especially if they live in different places. The promotional possibilities, though, is what makes a social media application become truly popular – this is what happened with Facebook and Twitter, so if this is how Voicethread comes to be used it could become another household word. The educational/classroom possibilities are also great and could revolutionize how computers are used in the classroom.
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