A new iPhone app allows you to record voice messages and post them directly to your Facebook profile. Called FaceMic, this new app takes advantage of the nifty new features of the iPhone OS 3.0 and provides a way for you to post updates, podcasts and other audio to your Facebook news feed. Just as with videos shared on your Facebook profile, the FacMic audio will play directly from your newsfeed.
Once you download the app to your iPhone (it costs 99 cents), there’s no registration necessary. FaceMic is integrated with Facebook Connect, so you can use your Facebook credentials to login. From there, you can pull up the app anytime, and start recording. Once you’re satisfied with the audio message, hit publish and it will appear on your Facebook profile.
From the looks of it, the app works pretty well. I tried it on my iPod touch and didn’t have any problems using the app. As a blogger I see value in app like this for interview or podcasting purposes, as it allows me to capture recordings on-demand. The limitations of the app, including the lack of video or photo support, are easily overlooked because of the simplicity and usability of this application. It serves its purpose and can be of use to a fairly wide range of users.
FaceMic is among those iPhone applications that makes mobile updating a mindless task, giving you the mobile access you need. What FaceMic also does is provide another way in which Facebook can compete with Twitter, from a multimedia update perspective. As others, like 12seconds, integrate with multiple platforms including Twitter and TweetDeck, and also have photo support, I do see some areas in which FaceMic could improve.
On the upside, the makers of FaceMic do have an application that’s specific to Twitter, called TweetMic. It would be nice if a single recording from one app could be published across both networks, especially as the overlap between Facebook and Twitter users widens every day.
Aside from blogging/podcasting purposes, what other ways would you use FaceMic?