I am currently looking into using more video to capturing family events. But the memory space requirements for storage, editing and finding the right player to load the videos is still a challenge. Yesterday I received a press release about a new site called Fotobabble that enables the user to add voice to pictures. I see this as an easy way to make photos more interactive and add personalization and emotions.
Here are some of the details from the Fotobabble press release I received:
"Free to use, it only takes a few seconds to create and share a “Fotobabble.” Simply upload a photo and then record your voice directly through your computer’s microphone to create a talking photo. On your iPhone, after downloading the free Fotobabble app, you can select an existing photo or a snap a new one, hit record and you’re done. Whether it’s from your computer or your iPhone, you can share your talking photos by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or you can embed them into a blog or website."
The Fotobabble press release mentioned that the application can be used for:
Social: Fotobabble can be used to upload photos to Facebook, sending out birthday greetings, sending out a picture to friends or family about an item you are looking to buy with audio notes and talking vacation photos.
Reporting: To report details about a car accident or news you witness
Business: Fotobabble discussed that the site can be used for online advertising and sharing an experience with customers or fans.
There is no software to download, and the Fotobabble application is compatible with PCs and MACS. The site offers way to embed across social media platforms by creating the link/embeddable code that can be used for websites/blogs. Fotobabble also has an API that can be embedded in sites.
I checked out an example of a talking Father/Son hockey photo on the site to get an idea of how it looks.
Privacy Settings: On each picture you can select public or private. In the profile settings, each user can also set the default for pictures to be public or private (but the user can still change the default each time they load a picture). I tested the privacy by loading one picture as "public" and one as "private" into my account then logging out. When I tried to view my pictures without logging into my account I could only see the picture I checked as "public".
Here is a link to the website: http://www.fotobabble.com/ and iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fotobabble/id353078443?mt=8