I am not even sure how I came to know about Anchor just a couple of months ago, but I do believe that I received an email from Kim Garst about it (thanks Kim!). I immediately went and downloaded it from the App store.
Anchor is just about 3 months old now, I think. Launched in Feb 2016, it is being billed as “radio by the people.” Here is what Anchor has to say, in succinct form, about itself:
“Anchor is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible. When not recording, listen to authentic humor, knowledge, inspiration, and debate from Anchor’s global collective of personality.”
I have used it just a handful of times, and I’m still learning how to really use it. But here is what I do know thus far:
Getting started is pretty simple. The app walks you thru the setup process once you download and open it, and you can connect thru your Twitter account, or sign up via your email. You are then given the options to connect with you contacts in different ways to see who you know or follow that is already on Anchor. Then you are given simple instructions on how to record your audio, which is really as easy as holding your phone up to you to your ear, like you would for a phone call.
Your audio clips are called “waves”. You can make a wave as long or as short as you choose. It can be an introduction of yourself, a question, a short story, something funny…anything that gets a conversation going. Why?
The goal of Anchor is an interactive radio experience. You want to use it in a way that encourages your followers to engage with you by replying on your wave with their own audio response. It seems like a great way to establish community with those you follow and who follow you. It is also a great way to create your own podcasts 🙂
Here is a short video I made just to demonstrate how easy it is to use:
I know that there is a lot of buzz and activity with regards to livestreaming and all, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, I do think that there is a place for an audio social media experience as well.
Have you used Anchor? You can find me at Denedriane (Dee) Dean. I’d love to hear your experience with it and how you are using it 🙂
Here’s to radio by the people!