Tweet by phone. Now that caught my interest.
Voice on the Go is a new service that allows you to record a message and it accurately transcribes it into an email, a text message (SMS), or a Facebook or Twitter update. I purchased the $5.99 monthly option for this review and found it to be a fast and smooth setup. There are no long term contracts, and you can pay-per-month.
The benefit of speaking an email/SMS or any other written message is clear: You’ll save loads of time and get more done. Like me, you might be concerned about the accuracy of your voice to text. I’ve used other services and had terrible, embarrassing messages sent to my customers and prospects. Voice on the Go is different and extremely accurate. I spoke a bit slower, when testing it, to make sure, but after the first few I found myself speaking normally and getting equally good results. You also will avoid the incredibly dangerous temptation to text while driving.
The service also lets you listen to your emails. I find that most people today will leave a voicemail AND then send an email with more detail. If I can listen to my messages as well that adds to my daily productivity.
Voice on the Go can also be used to update your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Having in mind how many small business owners use Twitter and Facebook as a marketing tool to promote their business, this opportunity is worth trying. Voice on the Go can be used from any mobile, so even if your mobile is not a Blackberry or an iPod, you can still take advantage of the service.
My goal in all my reviews is to maintain some emotional detachment, to create a professional review, but man this sure is cool!! I have to admit that I was impressed and like a little kid testing the SMS portion to my friends and family who have probably now blocked my account…
What I liked about Voice on the Go:
- I was up and running in five minutes of setup.
- It lets me send an email AND sends me the voice file in .wav format. That’s great for tracking what you really said and serving for those who might use it for notes and idea capture.
- It lets you call in from any phone, but if not from your cell, you simply have to put your cell phone number in to identify your account. Allowing me to use it from a landline or Skype was a big plus. Saves cell minutes.
- Facebook updates were just as easy to setup and quick to remove, if you wanted to delete the access from Voice on the Go or from the Edit Applications area of Facebook. I liked that it worked both ways.
What could use improving?
- I couldn’t get the incoming email portion to work out of the gate with Gmail, but it could have been my settings.
- Sending a tweet to a person directly like @smallbiztrends didn’t work, but regular status updates worked fine.
- Tiny downside: The updates to Twitter or Facebook are not instant as they are on the web, but that seems reasonable to me. So, just give it a few minutes and be patient.
If you are on the road a lot and want to leave your computer off for a little while or don’t have time to find a wifi hotspot, this service is very useful. If you are addicted to social media, this is a good enabler when you can’t get to a keyboard. If you are simply tired of typing everything, then give this service a trial run, at $5.99 a month it is hard to beat.
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