Way back on the 26th March 2016, I became introduced to a new and interesting social media platform called Anchor.fm, by my friend Trevor Young. Anchor is a short format audio social media platform. You can record up to two minutes of audio on your phone and other people who are following you, can leave an audio response of up to one minute on your original ‘wave’ as it’s called. You, or others on your friend list on those on the friends list of the next person to leave a response wave, can respond to your original wave, or other audio responses left after that. Kinda like having a sloooooooow telephone conversation! Waves can also be ‘echoed’ by your friends, so other people not on your friends list can see your wave or a response.
When I first started using the platform, I immediately thought about how the platform can be an excellent format for short audio podcasting. I have an interest in the future to podcast (but I have not done so before) in longer form and thought, here is an interesting way to get something off the ground straight away and utilise the platform as an alternate way to learn the craft. The beauty of Anchor.fm is no equipment apart from your mobile device is required, no additional microphones and no other hardware. If you use a good set of headphones attached with a mic the audio quality is very decent. Each ‘wave’ (the name of your recorded soundtrack on Anchor) can also be promoted through several social media channels and shared with others.
On the 28th March, I created my first episode of the #OneMinutePodcast
Give the platform a try. It has the best onboarding sequence I have ever come across in an app. Send me an email to let me know what you think of Anchor.fm or ask me a question.