December 26, 2006 |
Yesterday we wrote about coComment – a system enabling you to manage all your comments to multiple blog posts. Today I would like to continue speaking about commenting with this post about new service named Voice2Comment. The service was announced on December 22 by Voice2Page portal.
The new service is intended for owners of websites, blogs and any other online projects to enable their visitors to leave voice comments and messages.
The service works quite simple. After registration you choose a payment plan. The plans available differ in time for recording of messages. Free plan provides 15 seconds (plus advertising), $1.99 a month gives a minute (without ads), while $9.95 per month gives the users unlimited time for voice messages.
After registration you will be able to create any number of voice accounts (each of them can be customized additionally). Usually a separate account is created for every website. This means that if you have a personal blog and a corporate website, you can create two accounts and enhance both websites with voice commenting system. At that it is not necessary to register (and pay) twice.
Then you will need to insert a special code into your website that will display a flash player at the webpage. This player is intended for website visitors to listen to messages left by other people. But to leave your own comment you don’t need the player. What you need is a usual phone. A user dials the number provided on the webpage, enters pin (also given there) and dictates a message to a machine. After this operation is done, the message appears on the website.
Every message can also be accompanied with an avatar or any other image. Besides commenting, visitors of a website can leave private messages to the website’s owner.
Sure, this is a very interesting service. But I really doubt this approach to recording comments is actually handy. At least for me the number of actions required to simply comment on something, actually leaves me absolutely unwilling to comment at all. It kind of makes me think if my opinion really matters. It would be much simpler if a usual microphone was used to record the voice messages.