Voxer — My Own Best Practices

The old is new again with Voxer.  Back is the Walkie-talkie.  Thousands of people are discovering this wonderful world of connecting via voice.  Voxer actually combines voice, text and pictures to give us a multi-sensory experience.   With this new “old” technology comes a need to develop new best practices.  Here is what I have come to use for my own best practices with Voxer.

  • Be aware of the purpose of the Voxer conversation.  If you didn’t start the conversation, don’t hijack the topic.
  • If someone in your conversation starts texting, realize they may be in an environment that doesn’t encourage/support talking and listening right then. Start texting back for a while.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Don’t speak in a Voxer conversation if the background noise is too loud. It distracts from your message.
  • Be aware of your device. We value YOUR privacy.  If you have tap to touch turned on, you may “finger” chat.  You may not want us to hear your conversation with your family.
  • Keep your “vox” to under 2 minutes unless your Voxer group agrees to a longer time limit.
  • Don’t add people to the vox unless you check with the person that created the vox.  It may need to be kept small for a reason.

 

Voxer Best PracticesLet’s start the conversation.

 

<edit>

Upon posting, a dear friend, Sarah Thomas (@sarahdateacher) shared her Voxer 101: Q&A video. It was so good, I wanted to post a link here.

<UPDATE  8/8/2014>

Thanks to the #SatChat Voxer group we have now learned the following:

  • When you DELETE a chat, you do not “close” the conversation.  Deleting the chat removes the previous messages from you view.
  • When you LEAVE a group chat, currently you are done in that chat FOREVER! (Do not leave a group chat if you plan to return to it some day.)
  • In a one to one chat, you can DELETE a chat and still have the ability to chat with that person one to one in the future.

As we learn more, I will continue to update this page. Thank you all for learning with me.

How do you feel about having your voxes shared on Twitter? Let’s talk about the best practice for that.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Voxer — My Own Best Practices

  1. […] been using Voxer now for about three months. Several people have commented on my previous post (Voxer — My own Best Practices). There have been a number of discussions about what those best practices really are.  So I […]

  2. […] When I blog I like to use the world as my muse.  This year I have become one of those “vaunted” connected educators.  Twitter has been mastered. Chats are easily navigated and I can tell who is on the stay connected bandwagon or the down with testing breed.  There is no argument that both those groups are right; however, I have heard it all before.  Sure Twitter is great for getting links to articles, giving out props to people that are doing great things, and discussing the past, current, and future trends of education.  I want more! The time for just talking in 140 characters is over for me.  I have found the next greatest social media.  That social media is Voxer.  Voxer is a San Francisco based mobile app that allows users to leave voice or text messages and pictures for individuals or groups with the push of a button.  (read Tammy’s blog if you want to learn more: Tammy Neil’s blog ) […]

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