Anchor Interviews

Call anyone and instantly broadcast the conversation

#3 Product of the DayApril 07, 2017
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Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
I like the team Anchor's attention to detail. Every other publisher need is being taken care of, with lots more in the pipeline. "Built-In Interview Features: Heads Up: If you want to schedule an interview ahead of time, you can send a text from within the app with all the details your interviewee needs. Transcription: We automatically email you a transcription of your interview as soon as you're finished recording it. If you're a journalist or blogger, this is a handy way to help you share your interview in text format. Even if you're not, it's still fun. Drafts: After recording an interview, you have the option to publish it immediately or save it for later. If you're not ready to publish it yet, you can also choose to send it to the Clipper (our browser-based tool) to edit it, chop it up into smaller segments, add transitions, and more. Sharing: Once you publish your interview, we'll text a link to the person you called so they can listen, applaud, and share! As with any other kind of segment on Anchor, you can share your interview on social media, embed it on your website, export it as a video, and more."
Tony Baker@tony_baker
I absolutely love this. I'm restarting one of my old podcast channels simply because of how much easier this can make everything! Way to go.
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
Love Anchor and have been using it since the launch of 2.0. Being able to set up an interview is huge, especially since I'm new to the platform and wouldn't get call-ins regularly. I think a lot of people could turn into young Judd Apatow's with Interviews!
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
Such a good service!
James Mundy@_jamesmundy · Founder, Foundbite
This is a superb idea. Haven't tried it (in UK) but it looks like a very simple and easy user experience, also a very novel application of the Twilio API. Is there a limit on the call length? I'd be also interested to hear if you're using a combination of machine transcription and human or just machine?
Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
@_jamesmundy No limit AFAIK. The interview gets split into segments though.
James Mundy@_jamesmundy · Founder, Foundbite
@binoyxj that must be to get around Twilio's 2 minute limit for recording transcription. Wonder how good the transcriptions are if they are done by machine?
Maya Prohovnik
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@mayafish · Product & operations at Anchor
@_jamesmundy Thank you so much James! There's no limit on the interview time, but as @binoyxj pointed out, we do splice the interview up into 5 minute segments when it's published to your Anchor station. (That's less of a technical limitation and more because we want to respect the format of our platform, where stations are made up of <5 min segments.) Currently, the transcriptions are automatically created - we're using IBM's Watson to generate them - so we definitely recommend reading through and adjusting the transcriptions before posting them. But our hope is that this saves you at least a few steps!
James Mundy@_jamesmundy · Founder, Foundbite
@mayafish @binoyxj Really interesting, thanks for the info!
Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
@mayafish Any plans to apply some sort of post-processing to enhance the interview audio fidelity? The audio output right now is not so appealing IMO. Are the audio over wired/ POTS telephones any better?