Voice Wall – Leave a Personalized Voicemail For Your Facebook Friend!
The other day I shared with you the really neat application known as Audioboo that lets you create and share voice messages on your Facebook, Twitter and Blog.
Not everyone has a access to a data plan on their phone though …
and sometimes, we want to send a more private, personalized audio message to a specific friend…
That is where Voice Wall comes in!
Like Audioboo, Voice Wall also lets you publish them on your own wall, but it has the added advantage of working via Voicemail and so becomes ideal for those without smart phones and data plans.
Voice Wall can be used much the same way Audioboo can although I didn’t find the integration to be quite as good.
How to Use Voice Wall
Setup is really fast, it just looks long due to all the screenshots. There was very few steps involved.
1.Go to their site: Voice Wall by Social.me (these are the same people that make the fb140 application to find your FB friends on Twitter)
2. Fill In Your Phone Number, Email Address & Click “Link To Facebook”. If you do not mind the long distance call, leave the “I’m lazy” checked and it will call you for easy number saving. However, if you would rather use their toll free number, uncheck that.
3. The Facebook Permission Request dialog box pops up and you need to click Allow to approve it linking.
4. If you checked “I’m lazy” your phone is about to ring and run through the dialog you would get if you called them. If not, this next screen displays the call numbers. Note the toll-free below the usual one.
5. The touch-tone dialog was simple… press 1 to post to your wall, or the first two letters of your friends name to start the name selection dialog.Record and then hit # to save. I think it was also then a 1 to publish to Facebook or some other number to listen to it.
(Note: While the ability to leave a personalized message for a friend is nice, it only asks for the first two letters of the name (on a touch tone that’s a lot of variation)… and so when I enter #52 for “JA” for Jacqueline Gates… it finds 302 matches in my friends list and starts cycling. I would literally be there all day!)
6. This is a screenshot of how it will look on your profile wall (or the friend’s wall you selected).
7. The recording is “remembered” on the Voice Wall main site, but there are no utilities to re-share it or link to it, etc. This seems mostly just for housekeeping.
Voice Wall Compared To AudioBoo
Voice Wall Pro’s
1. Works by voicemail, no data-plan or cell phone required.
2. Can post to a specific Facebook friend’s individual wall (although not easily if you have a bazillion friends!)
3. Setup was just slightly faster.
Con against Voice Wall (in favor of Audioboo)
1. Audioboo can post your message not only to Facebook but also to Twitter and provides for blog embedding (better exposure)
2. Audioboo can record from the browser for the time’s your at your PC but don’t feel like messing with your phone.
3. Audioboo messages can easily be re-used later by re-linking or re-embedding them, Voice Wall can not. (For example, create a generic Boo of you singing happy birthday and post it to friend’s wall’s when they have birthdays.)
4. While both utilities lack the ability to publish to a Facebook page, Audioboo could at least be link shared there whereas Voice Wall can not.
5. Customizable title on the Boo, but only a default (and uninspiring) “I phoned my Wall Post in, Play Recording below” message for Voice Wall.
Summary Review of Voice Wall for Facebook
For those doing social media, but without a smart phone and data plan this is another one of those must-have utilities. While Audioboo is more full-featured there are times and circumstances that its going to be nice to have this number in my phone book. Because I have an android smart phone with a data plan at the moment, Audioboo is what I’m going to continue using. However if I’m somewhere that I cant get data to connect, it’s nice to have a “just in case” that I can use! However if you lack a data plan this is definitely a little gem of an application.
So now, with all these audio choices available to you, have you gotten started yet? You can use these in so many different ways and I can’t wait to hear your ideas in the comment box below! Like the post? Those share buttons are just begging for your attention! ;)
PS: For those with an iPhone or iPod Touch (I assume with a data plan) there is also FaceMic. Title on their page says twitter but the rest of the page says Facebook. I’m not real certain!