Utterli seems like a lot like Twitter at first glance. The difference is that you can post voice messages, video, or stills directly to it from your mobile.
I don’t know about you, but I HATE texting. I think it’s stupid. It takes me forever — my fingers (small by adult standards) feel like bowling pins on the chiclet keypad of a cell phone AND the phone company charges out the yin yang for it. So when I heard about Utterli I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Weirdly enough Utterli wouldn’t let me be “tixrus” or “dorkage”, so I had to revert to my CCNA moniker marathoner.
They give you a phone number you can call, and there’s a voice menu driven interface. Haven’t tested yet whether you can shortcut it or not, anybody know? Once you get to the right place, Utterli lets you just talk into your mobile, which I think is a much more natural thing to do, ummm…. into a phone! It reminds me of an audio service where you could call on your cell phone and record something and embed it in your blogger blog. That service went belly up. Can’t remember the name of it (may have been Audioblogger) and can’t even bring it up by googling “defunct audio blogger” Maybe it was not the right time for it yet.
Utterli needs to improve their web UI a bit. It’s a bit confusing how to follow individual people, other than importing twits en masse. They give you embed code so you can embed a little player for your “utters” on your web page. And there are other widgets as well if you want them. For my money, what Utterli really needs to do is expose its API like Twitter does. One big strength of Twitter is that open API, which gives birth to all those cool (and not-so-cool) Twitter apps.
Anyway, here is my first random audio test from Utterli:
Of course the answer to the question is that they have your cell phone number on file so of course they know who you are.