If you’d like to to transform your tweets from a mere text format into something more engaging, then why not make use of audio? Hearing someone’s voice while listening to a congratulatory message or even an apology is guaranteed to make that experience more personal and emotional.
We’ve found and reviewed below three easy-to-use and free web-based services that let you “audify” your tweets. While there are several similarities among them, we’ve pointed out the differences as well:
Hark is a “platform for sound bites” that lets anyone create, play, and share sound bites via the popular social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Google+) and through its own website.
In order to share audio on Twitter, you’ll have to sign up and upload the sound snippet via the site’s “upload” feature. However, the platform’s design and tutorial’s aren’t stellar, so you’ll have to spend a few minutes figuring out how to use the service. Somewhat unusually, Hark.com features an extensive number of “harks” by various sports figures and politicians.
We’ve already talked about Audiboo in a previous post, a service on a mission to become a platform you’d “use when you want to record audio, share it or save it for the future.”
Unlike Hark.com, Audiboo works on iOS and Android as well as via the web. There also appears to be more life and a greater number of active users on the site.
In a fashion similar to Facebook and Twitter, you can follow other users – their broadcasts will appear on your screen afterwards. The free plan lets your record audio files with a maximum length of three minutes, but you can also upgrade to a Plus Account (£60/year or £6.99/month) or, alternatively, to a Pro Account. Finally, although you can “boo” anonymously, you also have the choice of personalizing your profile.
You can share your “chirbits” on the popular social networks (Twitter, Facebook), through email, your own blog or websites, and smartphone. A few features worth pointing out include the ability to upload around 2 hours of audio for free, to embed your files anywhere, extract audio from Youtube videos, and geotag your snippets of audio.
On the dowside, the service doesn’t appear to be actively managed by the company since its latest Facebook posts and articles on its blog date back to 2012.
Croice lets anyone create their own radio station and find listeners on social networks, blogs, and virtually any site with the help of its sharing features. This can be achieved using a widget that can be embedded on third-party websites.
There you have it – we’ve shown you three services you can use to spruce up your tweets with audio. If we would have written this article a year or so ago, we would have also inlcuded Twaud.io, ShoutoMatic and Pockets – these were services with similar features that unfortunately had to close down for one reason or another.
Also, if the idea of communicating with short bits of audio, you might want to read about Talkbits and Bubbly in one of our older posts.