We’ve been lucky at audioboo in that we very quickly attracted a core user base who really cared about the platform. They have tweeted, emailed or used our support forum to tell us what they want, what their problem might be or suggested new features. That’s been key to our progress so far. For instance, we launched with Facebook integration only. Within days of requests for the same for Twitter, we did that. The same with comments, following and more.
One of the more interesting developments of late has been the launch of sites that are using Audioboo to offer new ways to get to content. We currently have Boobase , Audiobooth and Booscribe. I’m going to focus on each one over the next week or so, starting here with Boobase.
In the words of its creator, Dave Goodchild, Boobase is a sound encylopaedia, a micropodshow, a mini-news agency and a bite-sized radio show. You can see the latest, featured and popular boos just like you can on audioboo itself, but boobase lets you search, filter and organise that lovely sonic data into the shape that suits you!
The BOOMIX mode brings you music, reviews, interviews and shows straight from the boosphere, featuring music, travelogues, mini-shows, poetry, spoken word, interviews and product reviews.*
And there’s more to come. Boobase is currently being rolled up into a version targeted directly at mainstream journalists and news organisations, and there will be more niche versions coming out from time to time aimed squarely at special interests and communities – including real ale drinkers!
*boomix uses audioboo tags for these streams – tag your boos boosong, bootrips, booshow, boopoet, boointerview and booreview respectively to appear in these streams.
It’s also, nicely, a Rails app; just like Audioboo.fm itself. You can checkout a bit more about Dave’s work at buddhamag.net.