Sunday, July 30, 2006

Need to boost your popularity ratings?

Then try the Popularity Dialer created by Jenny Chowdhury and Cory Forsyth, a couple of students from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program [note to readers - is there a UK equivalent to this course?]. Users of the service can elect to be called at a particular time so they appear popular or busy by using a simple web form, with a text service coming soon (now you're talking - sending a quick text while you're in the loo to book a call to help you escape the date from hell sounds like a useful service to me).

If you're also bad at faking conversation, don't worry as the pre-recorded voice talks to you, complete with pauses and questions to help make the call seem natural. There are currently 4 choices of call including the affirmations one and a call from your 'boss'. You can listen in to sample calls on the website.

The service is funded by the students at the moment, although they are looking for sponsors. I wonder why they haven't implemented premium rate IVR or SMS to charge for the service? Popularity dialer is only available in the USA at the moment.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:52 am BST

    There is another group that has taken this idea and done one better: First, you don’t have to pre-plan - you can make rescue, alibi, and image calls remotely by dialing their toll-free number. Second, they allow you to spoof the caller ID that calls you so that you can facilitate an alibi call. take a look


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