Developer: Chad Cook
Price: free Download on the App Store
Voice Mark — If you and your iPhone 3G or 3GS get around a lot, you may find it’s sometimes hard to remember your impressions about each place you've visited. GeoGraffiti’s Voice Mark provides you with the ability create audio geotags of each location that interests you as well as listen to the audio geotags created by other users of this app.
For example, if you visit Joe’s Pub & Grille in El Dorito City, Michigan, and you think it’s a place other people might want to visit, you can create an audio message describing your visit there and share it through Twitter and other popular social net sites. If you’re traveling and want to know a bit about some of the local sights, you can listen to the Voice Marks left by other app users.
You create these audio tags by recording your voice on your iPhone and uploading them by Wi-Fi or 3G to GeoGraffiti’s servers or by having GeoGraffiti automatically telephone you so you can leave a recording in the same way you would leave a voice mail. The difference is that having GeoGraffiti call you is faster than uploading your audio geotags as data.
Voice Mark uses the Google Maps interface to pinpoint your areas of interest as well as visually locate Voice Mark geotags scattered around you by other app users. Want to know something about a particular site. Tap the pin and hear what the app has to say.
Check out the YouTube video below for a closer look at how this app works.
This is one of those chicken-egg kinds of situations. It’s most beneficial if you’re able to listen to the recordings left by other app users. In my surroundings in Massachusetts, say at least 100 miles in every direction, I did not find a single Voice Mark. Sure, I can create my own but I don’t think that’s something I’ll ever do unless a bunch of other users do it too. I’m more apt to want to know more about where I’m going than where I’ve been, if you catch my drift.
Still, it’s a neat idea and if enough people download and use the app, Voice Mark just might find the traction it needs to be a winner.