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Audio Tags?

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February 25, 2006

Audio Tags?

Heather Green

I spoke with David Ives and he had some interesting notions about audio emoticons. Ives is CEO of TVEyes, search technology used by Yahoo and AOL to let you look up specific keywords in online audio and TV.

Ives thinks that audio tags will become a part of social networking. That's to say, soon besides podcasts and online video on our sites and blogs, we'll have short little bits of audio. These will be greetings or just tiny snippets to go with a post (say the recording of laughter when you're making a joke. Or a snort when you're mocking someone...) People will click on them and they will play right away/ Or you'll be able to share them.

These could be like emoticons or the little avatars that people already have on their blogs. I am trying to imagine what my signature sound would be on a day after I have been writing about the continuing saga of BlackBerry and its potential shutdown!

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Heather, I can't imagine using these audio tags, except maybe with the closest of friends. But that doesn't mean that they won't be wildly popular. Lots of them, I'm betting, will be obscene.

Posted by: steve baker at February 25, 2006 10:09 AM

Speaking of tags, why are the BusinessWeek podcasts devoid of ID3 tags? They keep getting shuffled to the bottom of the list on my player as "Unknown."

Posted by: Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with at February 25, 2006 09:08 PM

Hey Sallie,

Thanks for the question. I'll look into it this week. I am always glad to hear about things we need to fix, so thanks!

Posted by: Heather Green at February 26, 2006 03:04 PM

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