Soundboard For Everybody!

I just had a really odd idea for a fun social web application, and in classic form, I’m just going to hand it out rather than make it myself. Call me lazy.

No, go ahead. Call me lazy. I’ll wait.

OK, my idea: you may have seen things called “soundboards” before. Arnold Schwarzenegger has quite a few. (Here’s one.) Other celebrities have them too. The idea is that you can insert quotes in the celebrity’s voice into a conversation or play them at appropriate times in context, and hilarity will ensue. I mean, the “Who is your daddy…?” button on the example board I provided is awesome all by itself, right? Sometimes people use these to make prank phonecalls and record the calls. You get the idea.

What if you could easily make a sound board of yourself? Like, in 5 minutes or less. And your friends could then use the web application to record themselves having a “conversation” with you in which they could make you say almost anything they wanted, depending on which quotes you provided to them. Then of course, their creation would be shared with you, and you could get your revenge by making a conversation with them using their soundboard. It goes on forever and ever. Perhaps there would be conversations between three or four people simultaneously with version 2.0.

I really think this has legs. It would require flash to tie directly into the person’s microphone (or webcam, even?), but it would be so much fun seeing what people would come up with.

I’m tempted to post my own sound bites in raw form here and see what you all do with them, but I don’t want to go too far this early in the process.

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