Electric Literature Launches Broadcastr
The folks over at Electric Literature have been providing the world with new and exciting publishing models since they launched less than two years ago. Print-on-demand journals with low overhead and high paychecks for writers, iPhone apps, animated short story trailers – these guys are are attempting to do nothing short of re-invent publishing for the digital era, and they’re doing a damn fine job of it. And now, they’ve just launched an audio-storytelling project called Broadcastr.
The site isn’t fully functional yet, but as far as I can tell, the project will be a new kind of social media site featuring interactive maps that will record and catalog user voices and their spoken stories across the globe. Users will be able to check into Broadcastr from their phones and other devices and hear GPS-triggered stories about their present locations, “like an exam tour of the entire world.” Ambitious? Yes. But so is Electric Literature. If last night’s launch party is any indication, the site will be wildly popular and lots of fun.