Two days of Milan — his first Twittergram story — BlogTalk Radio

Milan's first Twittergram

I just uploaded the best of my photos from the past couple of days.

You might have missed it, but when he was first born I recorded a Twittergram that announced his birth to the world. This photo tells the story and has a link to Milan’s first Twittergram. I used a cell phone to call the Twittergram service and when I hung up the phone the Twittergram and recording was sent instantly to my Twitter account. I’ve demoed this on stage several times and each time someone comes up to me afterward and says “that’s amazing.”

Twittergram is a service hosted by BlogTalk Radio and invented by Dave Winer. I have a video with BlogTalk’s CEO coming later tonight because they are shipping a bunch of new features tomorrow at TechCrunch 40. Come back shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.

I’ve had so many people tell me how touched they were by hearing Milan cry. Even family members who never would have gotten to hear his first cry have said how neat that is. I’ve listened to it a dozen times and I find it one of my favorite pieces of media that I’ve created. Something about the first cry that just gets your attention. It’s different than any cry that’s come since.

All you do is set up your account with your cell phone number. Then you call the TwitterGram number and it records up to 30 seconds of audio and puts the audio on Twitter — literally instantly. It’s great for sending audio to your friends on Twitter, or getting a short recording up on the Internet as an MP3 file.

Another service that does something similar is Jott.com. Except Jott doesn’t send the audio to Twitter. It sends the audio to India, where it’s transcribed to text, and then sent back to Twitter (or your blog, or your email, among other places). I wonder how they would have transcribed this? Waaaaaa. Waaaaaaa. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Waaaaaaa. :-)

Comments

  1. Congratulations and greetings from Polish blogosphere.
    Let me tell you that you are absolutely crazy making Milan first real kid 2.0. What about geotagging toys in his room?

  2. Congratulations and greetings from Polish blogosphere.
    Let me tell you that you are absolutely crazy making Milan first real kid 2.0. What about geotagging toys in his room?

  3. Congratulations and greetings from the Dutch blogosphere!
    But Robert, why not use gabcast.com and publish from your telephone right to your weblog? You get the code to embed a player and everyone can enjoy “the sounds of love and life” live!

  4. Congratulations and greetings from the Dutch blogosphere!
    But Robert, why not use gabcast.com and publish from your telephone right to your weblog? You get the code to embed a player and everyone can enjoy “the sounds of love and life” live!

  5. WARNING: small children are very susceptible to radiation from mobile phones. Please don’t use your phone near your new kid or it may be dangerous! (switch to airplane mode if possible or use regular camera). This is not joking, that’s serious stuff…

  6. WARNING: small children are very susceptible to radiation from mobile phones. Please don’t use your phone near your new kid or it may be dangerous! (switch to airplane mode if possible or use regular camera). This is not joking, that’s serious stuff…

  7. Congratulations to you and your family. Milan will be forever known as the first “twittergram” baby. I couldn’t think of a better use of this application.

    Alan Levy
    Founder
    Blogtalkradio

  8. Congratulations to you and your family. Milan will be forever known as the first “twittergram” baby. I couldn’t think of a better use of this application.

    Alan Levy
    Founder
    Blogtalkradio

  9. Baby 2.0

    Robert Scobble uses the recent birth of his new kid to demonstrate some Web 2.0 apps. Here in France, newborns come to life with a huge debt do pay. In the US, their first cry goes on Twitter. I wonder

  10. Best wishes for Milan!

    Nearly 15 years ago, when I heard my own son cry for the first time, I was startled. It was a voice that I recognized instantly–and unmistakably. It was my grandmother’s!

  11. Best wishes for Milan!

    Nearly 15 years ago, when I heard my own son cry for the first time, I was startled. It was a voice that I recognized instantly–and unmistakably. It was my grandmother’s!

  12. i videod the birth of Molly my first grandchild 25 years ago and I still get a deep thrill from remembering her first cry -

    congrats to your and your wife on the birth of Milan – Patrick now has a new toy to play with and to nurture

    What a world of wonder awaits your son

    Best

    Dave Davison

  13. i videod the birth of Molly my first grandchild 25 years ago and I still get a deep thrill from remembering her first cry -

    congrats to your and your wife on the birth of Milan – Patrick now has a new toy to play with and to nurture

    What a world of wonder awaits your son

    Best

    Dave Davison

  14. Mucho congrats to you and Maryam and also special older sibling nod to Patrick who seems to be doing the doting older kid role better than I ever did. :)

    Betsy