I recently began using Google Voice and I’m hooked. Google has done a great job of making voicemails more manageable, and I’m extremely grateful for that. Feel free to read about my favorite features below (if you’re into tech stuff like me) or scroll on down to the bottom of this post to get to the meat and potatoes.
1. Personalized Greetings: Google Voice allows you to create a personalized message for a specific person or group of contacts. This is really handy because it allows you to record a professional greeting for your business contacts and a casual one for friends and family. You could also use this to screw with people; but that wouldn’t be nice.
2. E-mail Notification: Thanks to Google Voice, you can receive an e-mail notification whenever someone leaves you a voicemail. The cool thing about this is that every e-mail Google Voice sends you includes an MP3 of the caller’s message. Now you can really embarrass your friends if they drunk dial you!
3. Voicemail Transcription: This is by far the coolest feature. Every time someone leaves a message Google Voice can analyze it and can send you a transcript. How sweet is that? The only hitch is the transcripts aren’t particularly accurate. But who cares? They’re entertaining! And isn’t that what really counts?
The meat and potatoes: Since I can now manage my messages more easily, I’d like to invite you to leave me one! I think this could be a fun way to make this blog more interactive, and I invite you to use it any way you’d like. Feel free to ring me to comment on an entry, ask a question about life and the universe, or leave me your favorite Jack Handy quote. Whatever makes you happy! I can’t promise that I’ll return your call, but if Google Voice’s transcript looks like a Mad Lib (and trust me some of them can get pretty silly), you can bet that it may find its way into a future post!
To leave me a message, just visit the contact page on our official website, a’tris HQ, click the speech bubble next to my mug, and then enter your name and phone number into the window that appears. When you click connect, Google will automatically call your phone and direct you to my voice box. That’s all there is to it.
Hope this finds you feeling healthy!
P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out my entry, Four Ways to Subscribe to Our Blog, for some more tech-centered goodness.