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App aims to make friendly messages more personal

Original post made on Feb 10, 2016

Your phone buzzes. You look down and see you have a new audio message. You hit play, but instead of a nagging "Hiiiii, call me baaack," you hear the voice of a long-lost friend telling you a story, or perhaps unloading some of the things he or she has been thinking about lately.

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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

Good idea. However maybe they should try charging for the app. There is nothing non obtrusive in an audio commercial.

I'd rather hear, "Hi, call me back. than please listen to a car, detergent, bank, retail sale ad and then you can hear your message.

I also don't have an issue listening to voice mail and calling someone back and speaking to them live. I don't find it a nuisance. What would be a nuisance is my Mom asking me if I had listed to her over produced voice message. OY!

I guess I don't get it. If you want to speak with someone you care about, why not just call?

Posted by Jessica Taylor
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Hi MPer,

It's helpful to know you wouldn't mind paying for the service if you found it valuable. I'd love for you to try Rolltape. We all lead such busy lives that it can be tough to coordinate a phone call, which is why other asynchronous communications like text have cropped up. We've also learned that sometimes you listen better when you aren't required to respond in realtime. You can be more thoughtful in your response. It's a special experience - much like a personal podcast. And it's especially great for friends in other time zones!

Posted by Bob
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 am

How uninteresting, I wonder who these people knew on the MV Voice that got them this free advertising?

Posted by Nevet
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:34 am

I use Rolltape and love it. Its best feature is the ability to leave a voicemail message *without* ringing through to the person's phone. Phone calls can be intrusive, time consuming, and require synchronous timing on both sides of the line. Rolltape lets me leave a message at a time when I don't want the other person's phone to ring, because of time-zone differences, for example, or work schedules.

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