Hi, I’m trying out the new Jott service or it’s not very new, but anyway, I’m trying it out to got to the blog. I thought it could be a good solution for when you’re hiking and you want to go in touch with your friends via your blog, so I’m trying it out. Kinda disappointing, but it’s only just 30 seconds long now. listen
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So, that was interesting. I spoke quite quickly and didn’t really worry about pronunciation. Jott did an excellent job of transcribing, I think, except toward the end when it transcribed “get” as “go,” “that” as “but,” and “though” as “now.” I’m particularly impressed by Jott’s punctuation savvy. In my mind there was a comma between”service” and “or.” To be fair, however, when I go back and listen to the actual recording it’s clear that I made little to no indication of a pause between those two words.
Thirty seconds is actually a decent amount of time. I probably could have fit in a few more sentences. Now that I’ve conducted the first experiment I wonder if I could be more savvy in creating an appropriate post title. I’ll post again a bit later to see if I can finesse the first “sentence” of a Jott into being the post title.
Setting up Jott is incredibly easy; all you have to do is navigate to the website and enter your name, email address, phone number, and a password. Jott sends you a confirmation email (which happened almost instantaneously for me) that links back to the Jott website where you receive a simple tutorial on how to make your first Jott. Jotting is simple: call a toll-free number, tell Jott to whom you want to send a Jott, Jott confirms the recipient, and you start talking!
Jott allows you to communicated with anyone (even yourself) via SMS text, email, or blogs or other websites. To add to your list of recipients, you simply log on to your account at the Jott website, which features a clean, user-friendly interface. You can add people (essentially, cell phone numbers and email addresses), groups of people, or websites such as Twitter, WordPress, and even a Google Calendar. This way when Jott asks you “Who do you want to Jott” you can simply say “WordPress” or “Jack” and Jott will do the legwork for you. For now Jott is in beta testing so there is no charge for the service.
Another blogger recently posted a review of two other unique mobile voice communications services, Note2Self and SayNow. I haven’t tried out either of those services and don’t plan on it, since they don’t fit my needs for various reasons.
All in all, an elegant, impressive solution! I wouldn’t be surprised to see integration with a whole host of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace in the future. I hope Jott’s creators find a way to increase the time limit and to permanently offer this service free-of-charge.