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Local Jersey blog makes computerized calls

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February 11, 2007

Local Jersey blog makes computerized calls

Stephen Baker

Got a phone call from our local blog, Baristanet, last week. It was a computer on the other end, doing a survey. It asked me what I thought about a hotel project in Montclair, NJ, and whether I'd send out-of-town guests there for $100 a night, or $200 a night. (No, No). But what really got my attention came at the end of the call, when the computer asked me to state my opinions, which would be posted as streaming audio on the site. I was too startled to gather my thoughts. But plenty of others are on the site, talking.

It only occurred to me later that Baristanet's computer was doing double duty as an advertiser. By asking its questions, it told anyone who would listen that the blog was the place to look for coverage on local development.

Anyone know of other local blogs doing this kind of surveying?

11:44 AM

blog business

I'm bummed that no one has responded. I don't know of any similar cases, but the "transreal" component of this intrigues me.

Posted by: csven at February 13, 2007 03:17 PM


I'm not sure what "transreal" means, but I'm happy to have a conversation with you about our poll. It did traverse a number of media -- computerized telephone polling, audio soundbtytes, using the web to transmit local information. We thought it was very cool and give a lot of credit to SurveyUSA for approaching us with the project.

Posted by: The Barista at February 13, 2007 10:23 PM

It's great to see meshing of technology like this. while not familiar with the specific hardware used in this instance if you check out the open source ip telephony software you will see lots of people implementing innovative uses of voice/xml.

(if you want a 60 second overview of asterisk check out I dont make any money from it - it's just there as education).

I'm also looking forward to seeing more people from the web design community implementing a neat little application called Mexuar Corraleta

Basically it's a java applet that can be added to any web page which will allow you to 'talk' to a webpage either in a conference rooom, or leave a virtual recording for other people to listen to.

Worth cehcking otu to push some boundaries on.



Posted by: Dean Collins at February 20, 2007 11:21 AM

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