The Future of Social Audio Is Bite-Size

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Since Clubhouse pushed the concept of social audio, there has been gaining interest from upstart companies and social media giants to get ahead of the next big trend in audio apps. Now the content economy is carving out a new market: the creation of bite-size audio recordings or micro-podcasts that run anywhere from 90 seconds to a few minutes. Short-form audio is easier to share, cheaper to make and less time-consuming. It’s the kind of on-the-go content people are seeking — and the social giants are taking notice. Facebook earlier this year started experimenting with Soundbites, its short-form audio feature, and Twitter has also been testing a feature for voice tweets up to 140 seconds. During the pandemic, people looked for entertainment beyond the screen — and audio seemed to fill that gap. Audio apps were also an alternative place to gather and facilitate conversations while in-person events were shuttered. Some firms are discovering that these soundbites and remixed versions of longer shows or content can serve as effective marketing to pull people in to their channels. Because this kind of social audio is in its early days, it is difficult to quantify whether and how companies can make money,...

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