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Cord Project's Chhirp Is an App to Tweet Your Voice

Cord Project launches Chhirp to bring short audio clips to Twitter and the Web.
Posted Apr 17, 2015
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New York-based startup Cord Project yesterday launched Chhirp, a free mobile app that lets users share audio clips on Twitter and across the Web.

Chhirp brings voice, nuance, emotion, multiple speakers, and more to tweets, without losing the brevity and immediacy of Twitter. The app is currently available for use on Apple iOS devices.

"A 12-second time limit, one press to record, and great audio quality are all things you'll find in Chhirp and Cord," said Jeff Baxter, co-founder and creative director of Cord Project, in a statement.

The Cord team leveraged its flexible infrastructure and expertise in short voice messaging to build a the mobile application. "Our goal is to democratize the production of audio content," said Thomas Gayno, CEO and co-founder of Cord Project, in a statement. "Thanks to products like Vine or Instagram, people share a massive amount of videos and photos over social networks like Twitter. Oddly, audio was left behind."

Many Cord messages are sent to two or more people, and that number has increased dramatically with Cord's addition of group messaging in February. On average, when a Cord message isn't an individual reply, it's sent to five recipients, with some messages being sent to as many as 300.

Cord launched its voice messaging app, Cord, in December. The app supports 16 languages and works with iOS and Android devices.

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