Life really does go by fast. In less than 3 years I’ve gone from a bean counting accountant to the creator of 2 companies, one of which is a ridiculous new website that shares people’s entertaining voicemails publicly. Since Audioo’s launch on May 24th, we’ve been getting a lot of press and attention – TechCrunch, Silicon Alley Insider, Gizmodo, Gorilla Mask, as well as a Los Angeles Business Journal cover story. Traffic is really nice right out of the gate. I won’t give exact numbers but let’s say I think we’re really onto to something big and it could just be a matter of time before we break the next big celebrity voicemail scandal and Audio blow ups bigger than a Michael Bay film. Audioo’s content is quite entertaining. Who couldn’t use a good laugh these days?
In light of Audioo’s attention, I’m humbled to have been asked to appear as a guest on This Week in Social Media with host Sean Percival today, June 17th at 11am PST. Past guests include Brian Solis (principal of FutureWorks PR, author of Engage, and all around PR maverick) and Muhamed Saleem of Digg fame. I promise to be opinionated, direct, and maybe a little sarcastic. Perhaps they’ll let me give a little background as to why I even joined MySpace / Facebook in the first place and why I’m still using these services today. Overall, it should be a good time.
Watch the full TWiSM episode 3 above.
BTW – I’m NOT a social media expert in any way. I fact I cringe every time I hear people claim they are. The attention on Audioo is actually natural. By doing something ridiculous (taking voicemail, which is traditionally private, and making it public), we’ve been able to cause a lot of controversy / polarization and its exactly this controversy that’s working to our advantage, enabling us to attract attention and new users of the service.
In my opinion, Audioo is not about privacy, it’s merely about entertainment. Who doesn’t enjoy a little comedy? However, the entertainment is not what’s getting us all the attention. Scaring the heck out of uptight people into believing that their voicemail is not public is what’s actually getting the attention. It’s pretty funny when you step back and look at it. Privacy is dead. It was dead a long time ago and I think we’re all just now getting used to it. You really think your social security number is safe with the hundreds if not thousands of outlets that you’ve given it to over the course of your life? I don’t think it’s safe for a minute. So why’s it so surprising that your voicemail, email, and text messages could be publicly shared? Really, why is that so surprising?