Jott might just change the way you communicate

jott logoJott is a very smart service which converts your voice mails into text and emails them to you. This blog post is being written by using Jott.

Jott is a free service - after you register your cell phone, you can call a toll free number to leave a voice message. The message will be converted to text within a few minutes, and forwarded as an email to a person (or group) on your contacts list, or to you.

Jott can be used in many clever ways:

1. Send emails to people when you are away from your computer.
2. Leave reminders for yourself from your cell. The reminder gets delivered in your email inbox.
3. When you get the idea for “the next big thing” record it by calling the Jott phone number (Jott to myself).
4. Use Jott to blog like I am doing here.

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The application works really well. With normal speech, the text I got back was free of errors other than a slight misinterpretation now and then. The length of the voicemail is restricted to 30 seconds, although on a single phone call, you can leave several voicemails.

Who could use voice to text converters like Jott?

1. People on the go
2. Those who need to record news items and send them on for publication
3. People with injuries who are not able to type
4. The visually impaired who want to send email
5. The hearing impaired who would like to be able to “read” their email

Mark Rejhon has a thought provoking article on the blackberry forums on how he forwards his phone number to a “voice mailbox number” which converts his messages to text which he can receive, and read, via email, so business contacts do not even realize that he is deaf.

Jott is currently in limited beta and it is free. There is also a desktop version that lets you sent emails directly, without even going into your e-mail program.

As I mentioned before, this blog post was recorded entirely using Jott, with about 5 minutes of edits. For now, the Jott phone number has taken up the speed dial for “J” on my cell phone (sorry John!).

Other cool cell phone apps: Pinger YouMail


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Google and Jaiku - the puzzle is getter clearer

jaiku logoGoogle has acquired the mobile microblogging service Jaiku for an undisclosed sum, fueling some speculation on Google’s future plans for forays into the social networking space, particularly via mobile devices.

For right now, existing users of Jaiku will carry on as usual. New users will be able to join in future, through an invitation, according to the official Google Blog.

There is further speculation that the Jaiku mobile service will be bundled in with the yet to materialize but highly hyped Google G-phone.

jaiku mobileTwitter, Jaiku, Pownce and other mobile chat applications give people one more way to communicate. The advantage to these applications is that the communications can be (and have to be) brief, so people do not feel they have to write long volumes, or stand on literary ceremony, such when writing emails - or have the need to make idle chit chat when calling acquaintances on the phone. It conveys “thinking of you” while providing a “what’s news” highlight in the briefest way possible.

Twitter is a very simple application geared at providing “What I am doing” updates - rather like the status updates on Facebook. People who travel frequently tend to embed Twitter into their web pages or blogs, to send quick bulletins on what they are up to. However, it is hard to say anything really meaningful within 140 characters.

jaikuJaiku, the more complicated cousin of Twitter, allows users to create an “activity stream” where they post Jaikus (a variation of the word haiku which means a short poem), as well as add pictures and contacts lists. The brain child of Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland, Jaiku was founded in February, 2006 and launched in July of that year. This is indeed a quick turn around for selling a start up that is only a year and a half old!

Google’s acquisition of Jaiku also came hot on the heels the acquisition of Zingku, the mobile social networking networking service, along with Google’s much publicized bid on wireless spectrum in the US and UK.

The interesting matter to speculate on is what does Google plan to do with Jaiku in the future? If Google were to set up their own social network, they would definitely want a quick chat or status update application, like the other social networks. One that is mobile ready and can exchange multimedia via mobile and other platforms, would definitely be a big asset.

And if the Gphone materializes, Google would definitely have the social-mobile market well covered. With Jaiku, yet another piece seems to have dropped into the puzzle!


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