介绍：Record bite-sized podcasts that anyone can join ⚓
Love the concept. I often send email saying : Listen to this! url.mp3
This bring conversation into it. love!!
Congratulations to the Anchor team. I was lucky enough to start beta testing anchor this past summer, and have grown to love the product, and the community that has been growing inside Anchor. Anchor even has a coveted spot on my homescreen. This is an an excerpt from the first email I sent Mike & Nir with my thoughts on Anchor:
"I don't know what you envision Anchor to be in the future, but after using it a few times, to me it felt like it has the potential to be the a virtual dinner table, college dorm room, coffee shop, and favorite bar- really anywhere that people congregate to have conversations, and hear other people's thoughts on the things that they care about, and are interested in."
I encourage all the new users to jump right in, and record a wave, or respond to someone else's. Hearing the sound of your own voice is strange at first, but be assured it's strange for everyone. I'm excited that many more people will be joining the conversation, and I look forward to hearing from all of you soon!
Paul Kemp: Hey @mignano & @nirzicherman - I've been following your journey with Anchor for what feels like a year. The beta of Anchor has seen so much hard work. I've seen more iterating based on user feedback than I've ever seen in any other beta. I'm really looking forward to recording our podcast next Thursday for The App Guy. Congratulations on a successful launch
Robert Stephens: Great idea. And I'm sure @mgsiegler was going to suggest this but integration with Amazon Echo would very interesting to see, I mean hear.
This is really well done. I love how each cast turns into a conversational stream of replies and like Twitter, I can see people turning to Anchor to share their thoughts and debate about timely topics (e.g. politics, the Grammy's, depression).
Are you planning to add a topic or tagging system to categorize these recordings, @mignano?
Neil S W Murray: Great sign up process
Scott Wyden Kivowitz: I love this concept and I hope it grows massive. I plan on using it, that's for sure.
Alex Carter: Been playing around with this for a little while now. It's really fun to have actual conversations (asynchronously) with folks you know and don't about topics that interest you. It's early on but it'll be really cool to see where this goes! =)
Josh Harcus ♖: I AM SO ADDICTED! This is awesome. I absolutely love this app. Well done guys.
I have mixed feelings about this product.
On one hand, it is the best darn thing I have seen in the post-podcast space period. On the other hand, as I am building something in the same space (I'll avoid the shameless plug here) I thought "shoot, these guys got it RIGHT".
I can only say: respect. This is a brilliant, brilliant concept really well executed. May you have a lot of success. I will definitely be using Anchor.
Daniel Bulygin: The reason @sacca didn't go with Gimlet Media was because "content is getting shorter". I think you guys can create long-form content that can be consumed bit by bit. If you need Android beta testers, ping me :)
Dan Storms: So excited for Anchor to launch! I've been beta testing for a few months and because the comments are the voices of real humans, they are authentic and really make you want to reply. Very different than any other platform I've seen (or heard!). Congrats @mignano and @nirzicherman!
Andrew Steinthal: Love this @mignano. Going to start discussing one type of cereal a day on Anchor, kicking off with Honey Bunches Of Oates, a personal favorite. Come find me on Anchor cereal fam.
Ⓜatt hartman: One of the subtle features of anchor is that it's asynchronous, so the conversations have the ability to grow over time. Kind of reminds me of Medium. Look forward to talking with you all.
I've been a beta tester for Anchor for a few months now... it feels like the Twitter of audio...
There are some awesome people on there and interesting topics discussed.
I've had collaborative conversations about the rules around reclining your seat on an airline, to feedback on @matthartman's new podcast and also feedback on Anchor, on Anchor!
This whole collaborative audio/podcasting space is a really interesting one and I think it has some legs for sure.
I love the interface of the app and recommend checking it out!
I am still more of a lurker (as I seem to be on many platforms, Snapchat etc) but enjoying listening to peoples waves :)
@mignano & @nirzicherman can tell you more!
Here is their Introduction to Anchor post on Medium!
Oh I'm @bentossell on Anchor too (obvs)
Chris Scott: Freaking fantastic onboarding. I can see this being a great tool for short content marketing type content for us. Like someone else said, kind of like Periscope for audio. Except I don't have to put pants on for Anchor. =)
Nate Legler: I don't know what's more impressive you scoring that sweet Twitter handle or you knocking this product out of the park!
oty: hey @mignano What about adding a feature for music channel, where you have only bite sized songs added by users, that could be awesome, because honestly Radio is not only about hearing people talking , it's a place for curated music too
Hey everyone - also, I just want to point out some cool conversations that have taken place on Anchor recently.
Glitter / betaworks' @mayafish and @meowgorithm talk about "founder's doubt": https://anchor.fm/w/98aab4
The Infatuation's @houseofstang talks about finding a voice for your product: https://anchor.fm/w/98aab1
WNYC talks about political correctness: https://anchor.fm/w/98a9bb
Feel free to join any of these!
Ahoy, Product Hunters! Mike from Anchor, here. You can listen to this comment: https://anchor.fm/w/98abdd
My co-founder Nir and I have always been big fans of talk radio and podcasts, but we’ve found it difficult to record and share our own voices. We also think that radio should be multi-directional, instead of a one-way conversation.
So, we built Anchor to solve these problems and enable anyone with a smartphone to easily record and publish 2-minute audio clips, sort of like bite-sized podcasts. Best of all, audio in Anchor is interactive -- so anyone can respond with their actual voice, like a real conversation. This sparks an immediate group discussion that anyone can join. Here’s an example: https://anchor.fm/w/98a765 It’s like starting an interactive radio show right from your phone.
Given that the PH community is into product design, I thought I’d also share our product philosophy with all of you. We call it “audio-first”, and it’s kind of like when the web went mobile-first. We believe audio products should be built more for your ears and your voice, and less for your eyes and your fingers. To that end, Anchor has elements of audio cues, narration, transition music bumpers, the ability to listen with your phone closed/in your pocket, etc. Recording works by holding the phone up to your ear, just like talking on the telephone. And when the product becomes more mature, we hope to even have voice recognition and voice commands, too.
Ask me anything here on PH... or on Anchor with your voice!
We're also doing some fun AMAs on Anchor right now. Here's one with @Borthwick, ask him anything about pre-seed investments: https://anchor.fm/w/98b640
Muhammad Saad Khan: This is an awesome product. You guys need to bring it to Android ASAP. When Meerkat was launched, it was only for iPhone users. Periscope launched later but they brought in an Android app earlier than Meerkat. Android is huge market. By doing this you can actually bring in a lot of people into your system and got to evaluate things quickly.
Love the idea, unfortunately can't try it as I am on Android. I see this another step towards snack-sized content for audio, much like what we are trying to play at !
All the best :)
Absolutely fantastic onboarding. I left a reply in Anchor itself, but I must say that, as a podcaster, I'd love to see this tie in better to the podcasting world. I'd love to use Anchor to get comments for my show that I can then edit in to my next episode, for example.
Audio is not skimmable in the same way that text is. While I'm happy to listen to an hour-long podcast that is well put together, I'm not so sure I'd want to listen to an hour of comments left in response to someone's <2 minute audio clip.
I think there are interesting ideas here and what's here is really well put together. But, I believe that the next-gen in audio should try to embrace some of the best bits of podcasting while extending the medium.
Jason Towns: Can't wait to play with this. Audio onboarding was so good that you could launch another startup helping other startups w/ onboarding...
Mike Mignano: @tapefinder Borja - thank you so much for the encouraging words. But please don't be discouraged! It's going to take a lot of great products by a lot of different people with unique and interesting perspectives to really shine the spotlight on audio that it deserves. I'm really looking forward to trying your product when it's ready 😄
@rrhoover Thank you, Ryan! Nir, Kristin, and I really appreciate your kind words.
We love the idea of people using Anchor to have real conversations with others about things currently happening in their lives or throughout the world.
Regarding categorization - we're currently supporting #hashtags, which you can add to the caption of an original wave (we currently don't have captions on replies). We are also manually curating waves into a series of topics. You can see (hear) these by going to the Search/Discover section of the app (magnifying glass icon). However, in the near future, we want to make it easier for people to be able to directly contribute to these topics, so they don't have to wait for one us at Anchor HQ to actually hear it and place it into a topic.
And eventually, we want these topics to be personalized for every user. We want to make sure people are always being presented with great waves that we identify as relevant to their interests based on past listening habits.
Adit Gupta: @mignano This is so cool! Also, this is the best onboarding I've ever seen. I was totally hooked! :)
@akshat_ratanpal Hi Akshat! Thank you very much for the kind words about Anchor. I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it.
I'm excited to check out Radiyoapp. I believe that in order for social audio to really breakthrough into the mainstream, it's going to take many different apps from different people with different perspectives and ideas, so the more audio apps, the better.
Thanks again and best of luck with Radiyoapp! I'll be checking it out soon for sure.
Mike Mignano: @nzieber Thanks, Nick! We'll be working to make the app more usable in other countries and languages soon.
Mike Mignano: @jayneely Sorry, Jay. Android's high on our priority list. Hoping to have a version for you later this year. Stay tuned!
Mike Mignano: @sbeazer Thanks!
Mike Mignano: @jactorrez @migano Hi Javier, glad you're enjoying Anchor! We're experimenting with 2 minutes now as a way to keep waves concise. That said, it is very much an experiment, and we're absolutely open to changing it as the product evolves and our users demand something different.
@mignano @kristinmyers @nirzicherman @anchor, Thanks for conerning about those issues. can live without the bluetooh but I'll be waiting for it 🙌 About the invite feature, I didn't know it worked like that. I saw that it was trying to use the telephone numbers but didn't know why. Now that I get it, I suggest that it keeps using Twitter. I mean, invite people using the Twitter handle. I replied here to give some closure. I'll retest and send an email.
Thanks guys 🙃
Mike Mignano: @samir_doshi Thanks Sam!
Mike Mignano: @andreanaomi777 Thank you Andrea! Really glad to hear you're enjoying Anchor.
Mike Mignano: @stephentbiz Awesome, thanks Stephen!
Mike Mignano: @fameal @kristinmyers @nirzicherman Hey Facundo! thanks for trying out Anchor, glad to hear you're enjoying the app. We're dealing with a Bluetooth bug at the moment - totally our bad. It's a tricky engineering problem, but we're hoping to solve it soon and have it in an update as soon as possible. Regarding tagging - that's weird that it didn't work. Is it still happening? If so, can you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org? That feature is so you can tag people who you talk about in a wave, so they'll hear the wave and chime in with a reply. You can also use it to SMS people who aren't on Anchor. Thanks again for the feedback and looking forward to hearing you on Anchor!
@kunaltandon Thanks Kunal! I remember that email, well. You've been a fantastic beta tester and have truly helped us shape this product. Even cooler, I feel like we've gotten to know you as a friend almost exclusively from Anchor. I'm really looking forward to watching what conversations and connections unfold between people as Anchor grows and expands.
Thanks again for all your support!
Kevin William David:
@mignano Have been using similar apps like Zcast and Unmute. Live audio calls or podcasts is an interesting alternative to live video streaming apps like Periscope or Blab app. Its less friction to join a audio podcast than video, more like a natural way of how we communicate with others using phone calls. Last year was all about Live Video, this year could be the year of Live Audio :). Good to see more apps in this space, definitely an interesting space.
Just downloaded the app. Love the onboarding flow, great way to explain how the app works. I skipped twitter login by mistake during onboarding and could not slide up the screen. Had to slide down and signup using email. Was that an intentional flow ?
Just did my first wave :) What the best way to reach you for feedback ?
Matt Horton: @mignano done. Thanks!
@kwdinc @mignano Completely agree with Kevin, it could be the year of Live Audio. By the way, I think that this is the future of radio stations because in order to hold an audience they should interact with people more actively. And this kind of technology is the only way to do that.
P.S. Guys, thanks for what you're doing! Keep it up!
@kwdinc Thanks for the kind words, Kevin! We currently don't support going backwards in onboarding - but we've actually gotten the same feedback from others lately, so we'll probably make a change to support that soon.
The best way to reach us for feedback is to record in Anchor using the #feedback hashtag. We listen to every single wave, so we'll definitely reply to you there :) Thanks again!
Mike Mignano: @derekmartin Thanks Derek! Can't wait to hear your waves.
Muhammad Saad Khan: @mignano Suwweeeet! Looking forward to it.
Mike Mignano: @payolelly Hey Matt - we've definitely got plans to expand on the web product over time. For now, we have a conversation player + embed code but we hope to make the web more robust and potentially even support web recording in the future. Glad you're digging Anchor!
Mike Mignano: @wiredmau5 Thanks, Vinay! We're working on an Android version and hope to release it later this year!
Abe Storey: @bentossell I agree. Making the world friendlier, 1 comment at a time. Also, I thought that was an embedded comment but it's really image... my mind is being tripped. :)
Mike Mignano: @millennialluke Thanks, Luke! I'm really glad to hear you're enjoying Anchor! Let us know if you have any product feedback or suggestions.
Mike Mignano: @dariohudon Thanks Dario! Really appreciate that.
Mike Mignano: @rueter Anyone who likes to talk and listen!
Mike Mignano: @mattahorton Working on it!
Mike Mignano: @jmgrygiel We agree, Jennifer. That's why our time limit for replies is shorter than the time limit for original waves (1 minute vs. 2 minutes). However, we're experimenting constantly, so it's possible we change these limits as the platform evolves.
Mike Mignano: @brandonuttley Thanks, Brandon! Do you mean personal pages on the web? If so, yes - that is something we will eventually have. No specific timeline yet, but you can expect it at some point in the near future. Regarding archiving - all recordings are preserved in your account - they're not ephemeral. Do you mean being able to download audio outside of Anchor?
Mike Mignano: @brendanbeirne Thanks Brendan!
Mike Mignano: @premgyani We definitely want to get to Android later this year. We're big fans of Android, but we're more proficient in iOS development, so we started there.
Mike Mignano: @ramiscomakimaki That would be awesome - please do it!
Mike Mignano: @purisid Thanks Sid! We're excited to have you in our community!
Mattias P Johansson: @mignano @spencemcc I think you could ask for the follow in the same way that you ask for other things like microphone permissions. You have a great way for that and I don't think you'll lose much on that.
Jason Towns: @bentossell Legitimately one of the best things about the PH community...
Jennifer Grygiel: @orarbel agree, minus the colors.
@bentossell @mignano @benrbn Well, what can I say when someone has a home run? (is "have" the right verb? Sorry I am not a native speaker).
Our approach is different, targets people already producing audio so it is not the same. I am not discouraged, just humbled and completely in awe. You just effing nailed it. I can see podcasts being transformed in a series of consecutive waves that people can respond to. I see the potential in inserting wave ads.
Damn, can I invest in this? I mean it.
Miles Fitzgerald: @mignano Welcome indeed and thank you! Sent you a Roger with some more thoughts.
Mike Mignano: @bgiesing39 We're having some website troubles. Sorry! Working hard to get the site back up and running.
Chris Scott: @schmooey Quaker Oatmeal Squares is where it's at.
HARSHA: @chrisgscott Echo your thoughts! Amazing onboarding experience. Allowed me to soak in the product value right away before nudging me for a signup and as others have mentioned, this feels like the Twitter for Audio!
Nir Zicherman: @mignano @danr_4 Thanks for the thoughts, Dan! A big challenge early on was figuring out how to take a multi-dimensional conversation and flatten it into a linear stream. And it'll definitely continue to be a problem as more and more content is created. The tree-structure approach that Mike mentioned is a major part of how this works under the hood, but it will have to become more intelligent -- for example, by programmatically detecting sub-branches of conversations that are more engaging and bubbling them up to the top while still maintaining context. It's going to be challenging, but we're super excited to tackle this.
Jordan Walker: @mignano :) that's awesome, thx! Well you guys clearly put in the work, this couldn't have been easy! We'll have to catch up when you're able to breathe
Dan Rosenshain: @mignano @nirzicherman Hmm automatic curation based on popularity makes it "too" social I believe, i.e popularity contest. NLP makes more sense. The replies is indeed tricky, but tree structure makes sense though it could also get incoherent as well if you go deep enough. what worries me is the "going back" factor. usually i can easily go back when it's one steady stream (i.e go back 30 seconds) to listen again to something I missed or want to grasp. This is much more complicated with audio replies (obviously text is easy). Interesting problems indeed!
@danr_4 Hi Dan - great feedback.
Regarding noise / a massive influx of content - we have some ideas on how to solve that. First, we hope to provide more automatic curation based on like counts, play counts, reply counts, etc. In the future, we also hope to have speech detection under the hood that can identify keywords. With those keywords, we can at least attempt to curate content for you that we think you'll like based on past listening habits.
Regarding replies and conversations - this is a very tricky problem. Although I anticipate this will become more complex and difficult to manage over time, the way we're solving it now is ordering the conversation in a tree structure, much like Twitter does for conversations. So although playback appears to be linear, the order in which you hear the replies is actually not.
Adding @nirzicherman here as he wrote the algorithm that supports this functionality. He may have some additional insight.
Mike Mignano: @dougw Thanks Doug!
Mike Mignano: @mattnagelmv Thanks, Matt!
Mike Mignano: @ourielohayon thanks Ouriel!
Mike Mignano: @milesfitzgerald Thanks, Miles! I appreciate that feedback, especially coming from a brilliant designer like you. You've done an amazing job with Roger, and we're proud to now be a part of this awesome new audio space, alongside great apps like yours.
Mike Mignano: @zefareu we have a web conversation player, but not currently a way to record via web.
Mike Mignano: @robwormley definitely in the works and hopefully coming soon! we'll keep you posted.
Mike Mignano: @jordanwalker Thanks Jordan! I have to admit, you taking the plunge into starting your own company a little while back was a bit of an inspiration for me. So thanks for that, this feedback, and for being a beta tester!
Mike Mignano: @jonatisokon Thanks, Jon - and we really appreciate you helping us beta tester Anchor!
Mike Mignano: @dilyaraskar Thanks Dilyar!
Mike Mignano: @paul_s_kemp @nirzicherman Thanks, Paul! Your supportive words have been truly encouraging throughout the process. Thanks for hanging in there with us - we know it's been a long time. Looking forward to speaking in a few days!
Mike Mignano: @natelegler Got lucky with the Twitter handle! And our PH launch is only as good as the PH community helps us make it! We're very grateful for people like you helping us make this launch day a lot of fun :)
Mike Mignano: @neilswmurray Thanks Neil!
Mike Mignano: @alexcartaz Thanks Alex! It's been awesome to have you as a beta tester!
Mike Mignano: @startstorms @nirzicherman Thanks, Dan! It's been so great to have you as a beta tester and I look forward to hearing more of your waves! We've definitely got to meet up one of these days and nerd out on Product Management.
Mike Mignano: @sarthakgh Thanks Sar!
@bentossell @mignano @tapefinder @benrbn I agree with the above comments. The great thing about spaces like this (content creation and consumption) is that they are going through explosive growth right now, and expanding to include new niches every day. Music, video and publishing are similar; there is ample space for multiple products/services, and certainly enough room to figure out how to differentiate yourself amongst other players.
And yes, agree with Ben, love it when people in the same or similar spaces are supportive of one another. Helps build a broader communal dynamic, and leads to more opportunities for both parties in the long run.
Kimberley Hansen: @tapefinder You and me both, brother. He's right, though. Keep at it. TapeWrite is interesting.
Nir Zicherman: @startstorms @mignano Thanks for the support, Dan! And for helping us beta test. We'd love to keep hearing your thoughts on product on Anchor, especially now that so many product-focused people are coming into the app. I'm sure it will lead to awesome conversations.
Nir Zicherman: @kocdur Thanks for the comment, Baris! We're definitely excited about the ability to tackle localization for non-English users farther down the road. It's a fascinating challenge, because it's not just the text, but also the audio that needs to be localized. Ultimately, our dream is to allow anyone on the planet to talk to anyone else about anything, so bridging the language gap is going to be really important.
Mike Mignano: @spencemcc Sorry you feel that way, Spencer. There is an on/off switch for unfollowing us in the onboarding step where you connect account. But if people aren't noticing it, then it's our responsibility to make it bigger/more visible in the next release. Thanks for your feedback, and we hope to hear you on Anchor.
@bentossell @matthartman @mignano @nirzicherman @anchorfm I agree with Ben here, and feel likes there's huge opportunity in this space. Reading Anchor's Medium article from this morning, I seized upon 2 words: radio democratization.
As I laid out in this tweet thread w/ @hunterwalk, content democratization is the emerging trend in written content and music, and so too I believe in radio and/or podcasting: https://twitter.com/adammarx13/s...
The brilliance in a service like this is not relegated solely to the engineering of the app (which seems well done), but is underscored by the service's high priority of community engagement. In the end, it's the communal feel of the service that will attract and retain users. That is the nature of democratized content services.
Inasmuch as I see conversations focusing on the interface and technical aspects of the app, I'm more interested in keeping note of the discussions which form around the building of communities within the service. I think the most intriguing things we're going to see from apps like Anchor and others are going to be how they disseminate power in a way which does away with the need for "mainstream appeal." In appealing to each user on their own level (democratization of power and content), Anchor and others have the opportunity to carve out unique niches for themselves in which they exist as their own destinations for the creation and consumption of art (in this case, short radio podcasts).
The lasting winning factor in this is that art is art, its nature is to be shared and engaged with. The Anchor team have focused on a concept which many of us in art-related industries now view as a massively expanding universe of content and opportunity.
Phillip Yang: @mignano congrats on the launch Mike! Although I've only been using anchor for a few days, I really love the platform and concept. Going to try and be a power anchor user 👍
Mike Mignano: @icipascal thanks Pascal!
Kevin William David: @mignano Sure will do :)
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