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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Audio Describe Your Photos

You've probably noticed that, while there's no shortage of Web services that will showcase photos or videos, not many of them allow you to narrate photos without forcing you to turn them into a video.

If you've ever wanted to add a voice note instead of a text caption to photos, or narrate a slideshow of your own photos, take a look at Fotobabble.

This service allows you to add your voice or sound to photos on the Web so your friends and family can see your photos and hear your voice at the same time.

To make use of Fotobabble's voice narration, you have to host a gallery at Fotobabble. Once you have photos uploaded there, you can record a voice caption or voice note and attach it to the image. You can then share it with friends, either by sending them a link to visit the image or pasting the embed code into your own site so visitors can play it without leaving the page. The service also supports one-click posting to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and over a dozen other social networks and services.

The service touts itself as a way for users to add a little personal flair to their photos and galleries in a way unlike any other photo hosting site, a way to send personalized multimedia greetings, or even as a way for burgeoning citizen journalists to record and recount what they saw as they snapped the photo they uploaded. One thing that is not unique about the site is that it's not accessible to screen reader users. Fotobabble is a neat idea; though it really just combines a Flash audio recorder and player with a pretty simple photo gallery. Could be fun for folks with low vision who are into photography.

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