Social networking apps are getting innovative and the latest one I found was Tings -Dare to Voice, a way of connecting people using that thing we all seem to have forgotten about – our voice. Yes, how often do we see people in the street or in the coffee shop texting, updating their Twitter feed, changing a Facebook status or just fiddling with their phones?
All the time – and fewer of us are actually talking and using that gift called our voice. Tings lets us connect using our voice but it does so in such a way as to be safe, secure and fun to do. And the way it does so safely is by morphing our voice with amplification and heightened emotion, so nobody will actually recognize your real voice if you so wish it.
So that’s the fun element you’ll like about Tings and the secure factor is that unlike Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +, Tings comes without that hard and fast identity. It actually means you will listen to the voice of the person you are communicating with more diligently.
Am I anonymous on Tings? Yes, in a word but sharing your (morphed) voice makes YOUR sound heard clearly and more attentively. Lest we forget, a voice can deliver emotion, whereas words on the screen might be able to shout (when typed in capitals), the sound of a voice can be far more effective. It also adds clarity with much more of a dynamic impact than your body language or the words of your text.
How it works is you record 11 seconds of your voice and then “mask” it with an emotion of your choice. When you post your text you may add tags and this helps others to find similar conversations and topics (just like on Twitter), share your Tings activity to those other social networking sites and use high-end images and wallpapers to back up your voice or add a little zest to the communication you are making.
I call this new form of social networking innovative because none of the major players seems to have thought about this method of communication before. OK, Skype and other Voice-over IPs have allowed us to communicate by voice but Tings masks the voice so that we can remain safe and secure from any unwanted attention from others, as this app offers.