Facebook gets voice updates
Members of social networking services like Facebook will soon be able to update their profiles with a phone call.
Privately held SpinVox, which has developed technology to convert voicemail to text messages or email, is creating a new service that allows users of Facebook, Jaiku and Twitter social networks to dictate updates to their profiles by calling a specially assigned number.
UK-based SpinVox will then use its voice-recognition technology to convert the speech to text and post it to one of the social networking services, or on all three simultaneously, depending on the user’s preference.
The company will initially offer the service for free, though it would not say how much it may eventually charge. SpinVox currently generates revenue by charging service providers a flat fee for every conversion.
“Over time you’ll see advertising models being built in,” says SpinVox Chief Executive Christina Domecq, who goes on to envision advertising built around the message content, suggesting the example of a message about meeting at a certain bar coming with a relevant web link.