Introducing Voice Commentary by Anchor
Now you can use Anchor to layer your voice on top of anything you discover on the Internet.
It’s only been a few weeks since we launched, but we’ve already seen (and heard) people doing some amazing things with Anchor. A few examples:
- Anchor community members collaborate on a song, asynchronously
- One of our favorite podcasts, Radiolab, shows us how an episode comes together
- Two people meet on Anchor, then decide to do a podcast on Anchor
It’s been extremely rewarding to watch such an awesome community of people forming and using Anchor as a way to speak to each other from all over the world.
One use case that has really stood out to us since the early days of our beta is people using Anchor to add commentary to articles, tweets, photos, and anything else they happen to be exploring on their iPhones. So we decided to make it really easy to do exactly that.
Anchor Voice Commentary is an iOS share extension that lets you send any URL to Anchor as a bookmark. The next time you launch Anchor, you’ll be reminded to talk about what you discovered, and when you publish your wave, a URL to that content will automatically appear in the wave’s caption.
Here’s how it works:
- From Safari, click the share button
- Scroll to the end of the list of sharing options, and click More
- Next to the Anchor icon in the list, switch the toggle to ‘on’
- Close this list, and tap the now visible Anchor icon to bookmark the URL
Every time you click the Share button in Safari (or any other app that shares URLs), you’ll see Anchor in the list of options.
In addition to Voice Commentary, we’ve got a couple of other important updates in today’s release, including Reply Filters, which makes it easier to surface your replies, and indicates which waves you’ve already heard.
We’d love to hear what you think about Voice Commentary. If you have any suggestions or thoughts about other ways you’d like to use this feature, just tweet at us. Or better yet, record a wave on Anchor. Just use the #feedback hashtag. And naturally, here’s this blog post in voice (Nir’s voice!):
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