Following & testing the API
First day back after Easter and what did we do? Launch Following. Ok, needs a bit of love going forward but it now means you no longer have to be faced with the soundtrack of the world when you visit audioboo.fm. Your home page defaults – thank you Twitter – to the people you follow on audioboo. Just go to any boo and choose to follow that person next to their profile picture. Admiteddly that’s going to mean a lot of blank home pages at first but you’ll be surprised at how busy a few choice people can make. So here’s some booers of interest to get you started:
Looks like it’s high time we updated the video walkthrough though!
As an aside, we’ve also been playing with the API we’re creating for Audioboo. As I’ve said elsewhere, we hope to release this sometime in the future for other developers to build things for Audioboo we haven’t even begin to think of. To test how well it works, we initiated a project called Phoneboo a couple of weeks ago in which one of our team acted as an external developer who only had access to API calls rather than core functionality.
And he built Phoneboo, which uses VoIP lovelyness to allow you to post a boo from any mobile/landline phone. Of course, you don’t get the lovely metadata we can extract from the Apple platform but we’ll add web based tools for that as we go along. To make a phoneboo, just phone 0203 393 6430 and leave a message. You can link it to your account at http://phoneboo.audioboo.fm/. This is extremely beta and can’t handle many calls, so be warned.
Where this becomes interesting in the future is as a low cost, highly adaptable way to record 2 way conversations – essentially interviews – and get them on the social web with the minimum of hassle & time. Now that could be really interesting for cash strapped radio & local media companies.
Heck – we might even have a look at Skype integration next!