Are audio clips the new video clips? Maybe, if a new start-up has anything to say about it. Broadcastr collects audio clips, associating them with a location on the map. The clips, which range from tour guides to historical facts to personal anecdotes, serve a variety of purposes but are especially helpful because they are tied to such specific locations.
The site's founders have been collecting stories from over 30 organizations, including Fodors, Unicef, and Audible, as well as submissions from users. You can browse a map showing story locations, or even search a specific address. After an initial private beta where 5,000 users populated the site with content, Broadcastr is now available to the public. Its potential success is based on the founders' belief that audio recordings make users less self-conscious than they would be about writing. "If you just say to them, ‘Tell me,’ everyone in the room could do it, and the way that they tell the story would express to the listener a lot about how they feel," he said.
In addition to its website, Broadcastr also has plans for both Android and iPhone apps. Broadcastr: how about including NPR's Storycorps series? In my opinion, that's one of the only things that would make this venture an even better idea.