Zello is the most important app for Venezuela and Ukraine

By Bill Moore on February 24, 2014

The past week Zello has been the #1 overall app in Venezuela and Ukraine – more popular than Facebook or any other app.  Last year the same was true first in Turkey and later in Egypt.

After the largest ISP in Venezuela blocked Zello, team worked hard to update the app and restore service in under a day.

We are proud that  Zello’s social radio matters and are working hard to keep it available.

Press interviews and articles keep pouring in, examples below.

Bill Moore, CEO

 

INTERNET A CRUCIAL VENEZUELA BATTLEGROUND  Associated Press, Feb 21, 2014

Twitter, Other Apps Disrupted in Venezuela Amid Protests  Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2014

Austin company updating app for blocked Venezuelans  KXAN, Feb 22, 2014

The App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela  Defense One, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela sends troops to violence-hit state  Aljazeera, Feb 22, 2014

Marketplace radio interview, NPR, Feb 24 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  US News and World Report, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters  Huffington Post, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a Crucial Venezuela Battleground  ABC News, Feb 21, 2014

Prostesters in Venezuela, Ukraine turn to peer-to-peer messaging app  CNNWorld,  Feb 24, 2014

THE TECH BEHIND THE PROTESTS IN KIEV  Esquire.com, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters Yahoo News, Feb 21, 2014

Four Websites That Are Down In Venezuela and More  International Business Times, Feb 21, 2014

The Tech Behind the Protests in Kiev  Popular Mechanics, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela Doesn’t Want Its Protestors Using This ‘Walkie-Talkie’ App Made in Texas   Business Insider, Feb 24, 2014

This app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela  Quartz, Feb 24, 2014

Battle for Venezuela Being Fought Online Top Tech News, Feb 24, 2014

Protesters using peer-to-peer messaging app KSPR ABC, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters: CEO  Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/venezuela-blocks-zello-app-popular-among-protesters-ceo-1.1697102#ixzz2uHZuvO83  CTV News, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  NEWS.com.au, Feb 22, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Ocala StarBanner, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela Times Colonist, Feb 20, 2014

What to know right now about Venezuela  MSNBC, Feb 22, 2014

In Venezuela, The Internet Becomes A Crucial Battleground  NBC News, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela protests: Internet a crucial battleground; President Nicolas Maduro blocks websites, removes NTN24 for showing student killing  CanIndia, Feb 23, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  MyFOXAustin, Feb 20, 2014

Cyberspace a battleground for future of Venezuela  eNCA, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuelans turn to social media for protest news  Yahoo7 News, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuelan turn to social media for protest news  Global Post, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela’s media crackdown extends online  Access Blog, Feb 21, 2014

TICbeat » Social Media » Twitter and Zello say the Venezuelan censorship has reached its platforms Twitter and Zello say the Venezuelan censorship has reached its platforms  TICbeat, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Marietta Times, Feb 22, 2014

Venezuela blocks ‘walkie-talkie’ app used by protesters The Globe and Mail, Feb 21, 2014

The Zello application blocked in Venezuela by the key operator  Gizmodo en Espanol, Feb, 21, 2014

Zello was updated to help Venezuelans (Exclusive Interview)  LaPatilla, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Jamaica Observer, Feb 23, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  Barchart, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 21, 2014

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Blocked in Venezuela  Global Voices Advocacy, Feb 23, 2014

Venezuela Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello amid Protests  Softpedia, Feb 24, 2014

Battle For Venezuela Being Fought Online  WN.com, Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela Blacks Out Internet, Censors Apps as Ongoing Clashes Hit Cyberspace  Latin Post, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela cuenta lo que pasa con videos de YouTube  BBC Mundo, Feb 21, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight battle for Venezuela  Newser, Feb 21, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  New Zealand Herald, Feb 22, 2014

Battle for Venezuela Is Being Fought as Vigorously Online as in the Streets  The Blaze, Feb 21, 2014

Battle for Venezuela being fought online  Inquirer.com, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela blocks Zello app popular among protesters  TMCnet, Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela Doesn’t Want Its Protestors Using This ‘Walkie-Talkie’ App Made In Texas  Veooz, Feb 24, 2014

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela  Leader Post, Feb 24, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Journal Review, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela Blocks Key App for Protesters  Naharnet, Feb 21, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Bismarck Tribune, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  The TandD.com, Feb 21, 2014

Zello app is fueling the uprising in Venezuela  Inside.com, Feb 24, 2014

Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground  The News, Feb 22, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Lompac Record, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  Beloit Daily News, Feb 20, 2014

CEO: Venezuela blocks key app for protesters  St Louis Post Dispatch, Feb 20, 2014

Wisconsin Times on Zello

By Bill Moore on May 2, 2012

Established communities like readers of The Wisconsin Times use  Zello as the place to come alive with voice.  To join in, search channels for wisconsin

Public channels in Loudtalks Lite

By Alexey Gavrilov on April 19, 2010

The most recent update of Loudtalks Lite introduces new important feature — public talk channels. Public channels are open conversations between Loudtalks users, where as many as 100 people can participate at once. The concept is somewhat similar to Skypecasts, which were offered by Skype until discontinued in 2008.

Public channels are useful to:

  1. Meet the new people from around the world
  2. Discuss a topic with like minded strangers
  3. Share and receive updates on important time-sensitive information (traffic situation in your area, stocks market etc)
  4. Broadcast your status updates to interested followers (yes, like twitter)
  5. Learn a new language

Connecting to existing channels

1. Use menu Tools > Add a channel…

2. Enter channel name or the keywords (you can try ‘lobby’ or ‘support’) and press Next

3. It’ll show the list of the channels found. Click on the desired channel name to select it and click Next

4. After confirmation screen the channel will appear in your contacts.

5. To talk to the channel, select it in the contacts and use PTT key as usual. Please note that some channels may be “read-only”.

6. Use right-click on the channel name to Connect or Disconnect the channel or setup Auto-connect, when you log in.

7. If you want to delete the channel from your contacts you can use Tools > Delete selected contact(s) menu command.

When receiving a message from a channel both user name and channel name are displayed. In Loudtalks history you can use context menu on the incoming message to add the user who sent it to your contacts with one click. We are building the directory of the channels available to make the discovery easier.

Creating and managing your own channel

Have something interesting to share with the world? You can create one or more channels yourself!

1. Use Tools > Create a channel… menu command.

2. Name your channel, add description, select the channel type and click Next.

It’s very important to write a good and detailed description — the keywords it includes can be used by others to find your channel. Include the language of your channel, and its location (for location-sensitive information) into description. You can either allow anyone to talk on the channel or make it broadcast-only so you can talk uninterrupted. In the later case you may want to create another channel specifically for comments and mention it in the main channel description.

3. If the channel name is available, it’ll be created, added to your contacts and available for others to join.

4. The person who created the channel becomes channel administrator and have additional functions available in the context menu on incoming message in the history.

To fight abuse the channel admin can block any user from accessing the channel (or unblock the user previously blocked).

Hope you’ll enjoy the new feature! It’s still an early version of it so please share your suggestions and feedback — either in comments here or via ‘support’ channel in Loudtalks Lite.

Update (May 12, 2010): Now you can browse the public channels online.

Loudtalks on Twitter

By Alexey Gavrilov on May 18, 2009

Are you a Twitter user? You can follow Loudtalks’s releases and “behind the scenes” updates at http://twitter.com/loudtalks then!

Nominate Loudtalks for The Crunchies

By Alexey Gavrilov on December 6, 2007

Crunchies2007We decided that it would be cool to nominate Loudtalks for one of The Crunchies awards.

If you think we deserve it, please support us by clicking on that cheesy round button on the left and entering “loudtalks” into “Best Bootstrapped Start-up” category. You may nominate us into different categories as well :)

Thanks!

Using “voices” to find new friends in Loudtalks

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 7, 2007

This is a second iteration of Deepwell experiment. The previous one (the attempt to use it as a test contact) was unsuccessful and resulted in a bunch of support emails, which sounded nearly schizophrenic: “…sometimes I hear voices, how do I hear myself?”

We let “echo” do what it’s supposed to do and moved Deepwell robot over to “voices” username. After a little modification now it could be used to meet new people in quite unusual way.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Add “voices” to your contacts
  2. Select “voices” in your contacts list, push F7 button and speak something about yourself for 5-20 seconds.
  3. Release F7 button and hear the message from another user, which will be randomly picked up from the queue.
  4. Watch the status line as it tells you, who was the author of the message you are hearing
    Voices
  5. If you like, what you hear, add the user to your contacts and as soon as he approves your request — you can talk!
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 until as necessary :)

Since this feature is experimental and just launched you might notice that there are few messages in the pipeline. That’s normal and if anybody will find it useful, there will be many more interesting people to meet there soon!

“DeepWell” project

By Alexey Gavrilov on November 1, 2007

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(update 11/6/2007: Based on feedback from users, we replaced “DeepWell” build with a normal echo, which repeats back whatever you say to it. DeepWell moves over to “voices” username)

Today we launched the first bot in Loudtalks network. It’s name is “echovoices” and it’s added to all new users’ contacts automatically. You can add or remove it manually too.

The first purpose of this bot is to help users testing Loudtalks themselves before inviting friends. It does that in somewhat unusual way. The best way to experience “DeepWell” project is to login to Loudtalks, add “voices” to your contacts and tell something to it.

If you just want a spoiler here is what it does.

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