Social Media that Talks: A Conversation with the Founder of Qwips

by Angel Nancy on November 28, 2011

It’s been a while since we last put up a podcast, but we hope it’ll be worth the wait.  Because today we are putting up a conversation with Jeff Steir, the founder and creator of, a new Social Voice Platform.

What’s a social voice platform?  Glad you asked.

With Qwips, you can add up to 30 seconds of audio to a Facebook photo, a tweet,  a blog post – even a comment. (Amy wants to just say “Duh-oy!” and thinks it will be much easier with her voice than trying to spell it. Just look at how I spelled it. She’s right.) Turns out, there are audio emoticons on Qwips already. (We suggested the teenager exasperated snort).  Jeff tells us that our social media conversations are really stories.  And how do we tell stories?  With our voices.

Qwips is social media for your voice.

Of course we Blogging Angels believe in the power of talk…it’s what we do! So we love the idea of Qwips, and we think you will too.

Here are this week’s links:

There’s, available on itunes and online.

Jeff told us that 6 billion photos are posted to Facebook each month. Yikes.

Amy tells us that she thinks the best thing about Qwips will be the ability to convey sarcasm.  She’s been lobbying for a font called Sarcastica.  But I bet she didn’t know there is an official Sarcastic Font: Sartalics. Seriously. Really. I’m not being sarcastic.

Rebecca talks about the memory site, which Nancy was all impressed with because she thought it was going to be a hoity-toity literary reference and have something to do with Madeleines. Ah well.  At least she knew what the reference might have been.

This week’s Halos and Horns went to:

Nancy gave Horns to for the endless onslaught of faux newsletters in her Twitter Stream.  Rebecca defended the folks, saying it was just misused, but not all bad. Whatevs.

Too bad Nancy didn’t yet know about Proxlet.  Amy gave a big halo and little horns to them.  Proxlet helps you keep your twitter stream free of whatever it is you don’t want to see.  Whether it be Tweets from a particular person, with a particular hashtag or from (for Amy) Triberr or (for Nancy – well, see above). The little horn they got was for also blocking DMs.  Bummer.

Rebecca gave her Halo to an article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine about how Facebook is trying to change COPPA laws (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and get children under 13 on its site. Hmmm.

Our guest Jeff Steir gave his halo to Pepsi, for having the effervescence to sponsor the social/TV component of The X Factor, and taking the lead in the putting the big bucks into the social space.

Heidi, sadly, had NY/NJ Transit issues and didn’t make it on the podcast that day…so you can guess who gets her horns!

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1 Gary May 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I just have to say I have been using Qwips since you brought it to my attention and I am having a lot of fun with it… It is addicting…. I thought I would share that – I’m a big fan of Qwips and it seems to be growing in popularity.
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