Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Meet the Boo!

Assalamualaikum and Hi to all.

In this entry, I would like to share a website that is very useful in doing Podcasting. For those who are new to the term, Podcast is a way of recording either audio or video and usually can be downloaded from the Internet. Using Podcasting as a main medium, Audioboo allows people to upload their voice recording onto the Internet, which can be access by anyone who are using the tool. This website is currently one of the famous website for information sharing and is very useful for people who are doing business as they can use this platform for online promotion. Not only that for business purposes, most of the users use this tool for leisure purposes as they can speak about everything that they like or even sing a song!

Audioboo and language learning.

Despite the huge advantages on business, Audioboo can also be used a medium for language learning, especially those who are learning a second language. Students can exploit this website to practise communicating skills as they can upload their audio and listen to their own recording as well as share it with their friends or teachers. By doing so, it will likely to enhance their confidence in speaking as they are not communicating face-to-face but rather speaking to the computer. It is important to know that some students are less confidence to speak in the public due to poor language proficiency but this website allows them to practise their script beforehand yet they still get to share their thoughts with public.

How to do it?

It is not difficult to use this tool as it is free and easy to operate. All you need to do is just sign up for free account (which is needed is you would like to put your podcast online) as well as have the microphone ready. The maximum recording that you are allowed to is 3 minutes and the recording will be automatically stopped after that. The recording can be made either by record it instantly or upload other existing audio file from your computer. You can always delete the recording that you have made and make a new one if you are not happy with it, which I found very convenient. Then you just have to follow some simple steps, as shown below:

step 1: click Make a Recording button
Step 2: Choose whether to record
it online or upload it from your file.

Step 3: Start the recording. After finish
the recording, click "Happy? Add title'
Step 4: After editing your Boo, click Publish.
It will then be saved in your profile.
Example of my Audioboo

Personal Review of Audioboo (mp3)

Advantages of Audioboo.

1. Allow audio sharing from all over the globe.
2. Platform for marketing management;
   a. It is fast and can reach people within a single click.
   b. It is cost free 
   c. Saves a lot of time because marketers do not have to come for meeting but they can just do it online.
3. Allow sharing on Facebook,Twitter, Blogs as well as Itunes
4. You can follow other people's profile and listen to their Boos.
5. You can download this application into your smartphones.

Disadvantages of Audioboo
1. It does not allow video recording as you can only record your voice.
2. No face-to-face interaction
3. You can not record anything longer than 3 minutes.
   a.  If you have a longer information to convey, it will need you to do it in two or more different Boos. 
   b. You have to compress ideas within a short period of time, which may result in less information sharing.

Here is the link to the website:

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