Monday, December 3, 2007

Cool Tools Podcast Episode 14 - Voki

This episode of the Cool Tools series talks about Voki, a social Web site where you can create your own personalized animated avatars. Click the link below to listen to the podcast:


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Here's the script:

Welcome to the Cool Tools vidcast and podcast series; an exciting look at Web 2.0 social technologies. The Cool Tools blog is located at cooltoolslibrary2.blogspot.com. My name is Brandy and in this episode I will be talking about Voki. Voki is a website where you can create personalized avatars using your own voice. The Voki website is located at www.voki.com, that’s w w w dot v o k i dot com. Voki was created by Oddcast, the creators of SitePal avatars, and was released to the public earlier this year. Voki is free to use for individual and non-commercial use.

Vokis are a great way to socialize and communicate with friends and other online users. After creating your personalized Voki you can post it to your social network profile, including MySpace, Friendster and Facebook, embed it into your blog, and also contribute to the Play area of Voki. The play area is a space where users can post and share content via their avatars. For example, in the B93.7 Karaoke playground users can create a Voki and have their animated avatars participate in “The Singing B!”

Audio files can be recorded using a microphone, the telephone or text to speech. Other areas of the playground include a rap battle, sharing your best pick up lines, and your best impressions of dubya. Oddcast is also working on integrating Voki in a number of instant messaging platforms as well as the ability to download Vokis to video supported cell phones.

Voki also offers a Partner Program where online communities and social networks can embed Vokis on any web page, network or application. The Voki Partner Program is a way for organizations to use social technologies to increase the “community experience” and online interaction between groups of users. As you can see Voki is a fun way to socialize by creating an online persona, a visual and vocal representation of you.



1 comment:

ccloutier said...

I'd never heard of Voki -- or Oddcast or SitePal for that matter:) -- but it sounds like an interesting idea. It's hard for me to get a sense for how interactive the site actually is though. I mean, you create an avatar and then just "display" or broadcast it, right? It sounds like the competitive areas of site must involve some type of community voting? That seems cool. And it's great that you can use a phone to make your recording, rather than needing to have a mic.