Do you remember when Sprint announced its “push to talk” technology? Everyone wanted to use their phones as walkie talkies (even if they didn’t know how to keep the volume low enough so everyone in the room wouldn’t hear!).
Voxer has made that concept new again, turning iOS, Android and Windows phone devices (and more!) into free walkie talkies. When communicating in this app, users can send instant voice messages, text messages (with clickable links) or photos through the app. Leave a Voxer conversation open on your device and you’ll hear voice messages come in as they happen, making almost-real-time communication.
I’m still a Voxer rookie (even though one person claims Voxer is “so last year”), as are many others, I believe. I first used it several years ago to connect with a friend I met in Mexico City on a mission trip. We both spoke each other’s languages pretty well, but if there was a communication breakdown, it was nice to be able to switch from voice conversation to text and vice versa. Plus, Voxing was much cheaper (free!) than calling on the phone.
I had touched bases with colleagues from time to time in Voxer, and the thing I loved about it was the ability to hear their voices. In social media, we’re so tied to the written word. Hearing other people’s comments in their own voice is so personal. You can hear the nuance of their voice, the background noise and other audible clues that go unnoticed when reading.
Recently, I decided to try a Voxer chat. (Actually, I decided to try three of them, which may have been overdoing it! That’s kind of my style, unfortunately.) There are several public Voxer chats anyone can join (check out the list at http://bit.ly/eduvoxlist). These are conversations that many people are a part of and can add comments to at any time. These are really cool because you can have participation from people all over the country and world.
Some of my experiences with Voxing:
I’m still not an expert at using Voxer. I only post (via text or my voice) occasionally and do a lot more listening than talking. I’m hoping that if I keep with it, I’ll get better at it, develop some relationships and find a new dimension in professional learning and sharing.
Some great links for anyone interested in trying Voxer:
Have you tried Voxer? What were your experiences? If you haven’t, why will you or won’t you? Please share in a comment below!
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