‘Friends Aloud’ for iPhone Lets You Listen to Your Facebook News Feed

A new iPhone application called Friends Aloud from VoiZapp uses state of the art text-to-speech technology to read aloud your Facebook news feed. It cycles through your friends’ status updates, as well as the associated comments, and reads them out in a pleasant, easy to understand voice.

For Facebook addicts Friends Aloud allows you to peel your eyes away from your iPhone or computer screen but remain up to date. Leave your device in your bag, pocket, or on your desk, and carry on with your day while you listen to everything that’s happening on Facebook.

Dr. Robert B. Wesson, VoiZapp’s CEO, said in a press release:

Facebook has become an integral part of peoples’ lives, and mobile has fundamentally changed the way they access and use social networking services. You can now stay in touch with your Facebook friends while safely driving, walking, exercising – anywhere your eyes are otherwise occupied. Friends Aloud also gives the visually-impaired and elderly an audible window into their friends’ and families’ lives.

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It’s the first application of its kind and is certainly a very novel idea. It features some great options that let you customize and control how the application works, such as limiting the number of comments it reads out, or muting posts from friends or pages that you’d prefer to skip. It even understands smiley faces, and common text abbreviations such as LOL and ROFL.

Friends Aloud is a $2.99 app and available in the App Store now.

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  • Jdsonice

    Pretty stupid application. I wonder how many people want to know second by second what their friends are doing? And if you do – you need a life or you should be right next to them. Jeez!

  • KillianBell

    Thanks for your comment. I agree that you need things to do if you have to know what your friends are doing every minute of every day, however, the possibilities for this application to help the visually impaired is really great – and I think that’s why it deserves recognition.

  • Hass Viajar Lunsford

    It’s not the first app of it’s kind — http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

  • colinfox58

    Its only in the US store. The rest of the world need not apply….

  • djmannyc

    Funny, I didn’t see the phrase “second by second” mentioned anywhere in the video (nor was it implied). There are legitimate uses for this. For instance, it would come in handy any time that a person would like to check on their facebook feed, but would rather not be focused on their iphone screen (driving, exercising, cooking, etc.). Personally, I wouldn’t use this for facebook but if they made a version for twitter, I’d probably be interested.

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