HOW SHOULD I BEGIN USING VOISPOT?
Create a voispot and post it to your Facebook page or tweet your followers. Reach an audience from wherever they are in the world. Invite friends or colleagues to a private voispot. Record and archive your public voispot to create a downloadable podcast.
Use voispot to share opinions and ideas, to support a cause or to start a movement. Host a town hall meeting or a study session. Publicly discuss an article or current event. Bring friends and family together in a private voispot.
Join or Create a Spot
To get started, you can JOIN or CREATE a spot. You’ll need to LOGIN to create a spot, however. You can join a spot three different ways - by entering the Spot ID, by selecting a spot from the LIVE, HOT, or MY SPOTS lists on the MORE OPTIONS page, or by using a link shared by someone.
Public or Private
Hosts may choose to make voispots public or private. Public spots enable people to listen without having to login. People who login have the ability to join the stage on a space available basis and to stack up in the stage queue for a chance to join the discussion. Anyone on stage can invite a person from the question queue up to ask a question. A majority vote (social control) of the people on stage can bounce people down to the audience. Private spots require participants to login, and they provide people the ability to Speak Up from the audience.
When you subscribe to a voispot, you will receive push notifications 5 minutes prior to the start time and upon the creation of each episode and 5 minutes prior to the start of each episode.
As host, you can choose to control your voispot. This disables the Speak Up feature in private spots and it gives the host unilateral control to invite people to the stage and to ask questions. In public spots, it gives the host the absolute power to bounce stage participants. An “Awaiting Host” message is presented to all who join a Host Controlled spot until such time that the host joins.
In private, non-host controlled voispots, audience members can Speak Up, one-at-a-time from the audience without having to come to the stage or enter the question queue. The person speaking up is identified in the top left corner of the screen. Holding down the Speak Up button gives the audience member a microphone.
Simply Listen or Join the Discussion
You can join public spots anonymously, in which case you will be part of the listener count located in the top right corner of each spot. To be recognized in the audience, to Ask a Question, and to join the discussion, you must be logged in. You can join the stage of a public spot by pressing Join Discussion. If the stage is full, you will be placed in the Stage Queue where you will remain until a spot is available.
Private, Secured and Controlled Spots
Private spots assume that you know and trust people in the audience. While you can remove people from stage still, you cannot keep an audience member from abusing the Speak up feature, except by host controlling a private spot, in which case Speak Up is disabled.
Manage the Conversation
A few more things you need to know include host control of a spot and how private spots work for people in the audience. If a spot is host controlled, the hosts name will appear in red across the top of the spot. Hosts choosing to control a spot have control over who can join the discussion, who can ask a question, and they can remove people from the stage by pressing Bounce.
It’s important to know how you can manage a public voispot conversation. Each stage participant will see a Bounce button below the avatar of everyone on stage. If more than half of the people on stage choose to bounce another person, that person will be removed from the stage. Be careful using this feature as people who get bounced cannot rejoin the stage - not even to ask a question.
Record and Playback a voispot
Choosing to record a spot costs (1) credit, but since you were given 10 credits when you downloaded voispot, you should try out this feature. From the archive player, you can download the recorded spot to place on your website or blog. People will be alerted when a host has the ability to record a spot.
All voispots are scheduled for one hour. Public spots last for as long as the conversation is active or until the host chooses to End the spot. Private spots end one hour from the time they were scheduled, unless extended by the host. Extending a private voispot requires (1) credit per hour extended.
Manage your Spots
Once you get used to hosting voispots, you are likely going to want to manage them. You can see all of your spots in one place, under My Spots found on the More Options screen. You can sort your spots by ones you created, ones you subscribe to and private spots. The placeholder page displays more details of a spot and allows you to edit and delete spots. From this page, you can create episodes of a voispot. Anyone who subscribes to your voispot or an episode of one of your voispots will receive a push notification when you create a new episode and just before it goes live.
Unique to voispot are a few patent pending features - the coolest being that you can go from WiFi to cellular data and viceversa without being dropped. Instead, others will see your avatar dimmed, indicating that you have a weak signal or you are in-between connections.
Invite the World
Invite friends, fans and followers from your social networks to join a spot. Subscribe to a spot and follow the conversation.
Raise Your Vois for Charity lets you set a ticket price to join a voispot and raise funds for your charitable cause.Simply register with us to sell tickets to join your voispot. Imagine hosting a voispot with one or more of your accomplished or celebrity benefactors and sharing your organization’s mission with the world.
Give your social networks a voice and share your mission through voispot.
Currently, Raise Your Voice is exclusive to 501(c)(3) charity organizations