Thursday, December 6, 2007

Create Speech to Text blogs/Calendars from your cell with Jott!

Jott is fast becoming one of my favorite organizational tools for cell phones!
I think there are strong connections for student and teacher organization as well. Jott has created this new feature called "Jott Links" where you can send a speech to text message to a lot of popular 3rd party applications such as Twitter, or Livejournal. Thus if I want to add an event to my Google calendar I can simply use my cell phone, go to my Jott contact number
and call in the event. It will then put a text of the audio file on my google calendar.
It will do the same for a new blog post in Blogger or Livejournal! Where Gabcast creates
an MP3 podcast on my blog, Jott creates a new text post!

I created a sample message in the post above (it was very simple and only
took a few minutes to set up). The only negative that I have to say is that you can only do
"shorter" messages, but the transcription is really well done. This is how it works...
1) Create a free account in Jott
2) Click on Jott Links

3) Select the 3rd party application you want to Jott to (for this tutorial I will select Blogger)
4) It will ask for your Blog ID. You can get this by going to your blogger acount and clicking on settings.

5) Copy the ID in the URL of your blog (highligheted above in blue), paste it into the Blog ID in Jott (below). Give a Jott name that you will remember when you call in to Jott (such as "blogger")

6) Grant access to your blog

7) Back in Jott you should now have a link on the right-hand side that states your "Jott links" as Blogger (below).

8) Now you are ready to create a Jott speech to text blog post. Call in to Jott 1-866-jott-123 (put it in your cell phone contact list so you have it when you need it). When they ask you "who do you want to Jott?" say "blogger" (or the Jott Name that you used). Speak your message and when you are done hit the pound sign. Within an hour, your Jott should be posted on your blog!

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