Aaargh!

I was in an IM conversion and wanted to write the sound of a grunt-like noise, but I couldn’t quite figure out how it would be best spelt. This gave me an idea for a user-powered website that would give people ideas on how to write sounds and noises.

Visitors can submit an audio recording of the noise they’re looking to be spelt and other users then provide their suggestions, which are ranked by their ratings. Lastly, tags would enable logical browsing and searching of previously submitted sounds.

It has the potential to become a humorous resource and be of true value to authors and editors (there really is nothing else like it). However, I have some doubt whether it could draw wide appeal, or if it could build a significant community of loyal users who interact regularly.

Here are some wireframe drawings to illustrate how the site could function with a bare bones feature set:

Aaargh Homepage

The homepage would outline the concept and guide them to submit a recording of a sound, or browse through the existing directory using tags. Future iterations could allow the building of a tag query; where multiple selections are made to narrow down the search.

After the user submits a recording, they’re asking to tag it with labels that describe the sound. They must also specify their idea on its spelling and a description outlining the context in which it’s used.

Aaargh Soundpage

Once created, other users who stumble upon the page can listen to the recording, vote on an existing suggestion, or make their own. The list is dynamically sorted so that the highest-rated idea rises to the top of the list, much like UrbanDictionary.

I’ve just taken on an impressive Ukrainian web development studio to work on a few projects. I’ll approach them with a full brief to see how much it’d set me back to build a functional pilot site.

Please leave a comment with your views!

Update: Thanks for all the great comments. I’ve set it up so that posts are automatically pulled into my Facebook profile, bringing in a nice extra chunk of visitors. However, I end up with comments on the blog and some on Facebook. Thankfully, I found a neat little script that pulls in Facebook comments into WordPress, making everything consolidated. Phhew!

Update #2: For the user to be able to make a recording, the site would need a Flash-powered sound recorder using Flash Media Server – costing $995 a pop. I’ll give this idea a miss.

 Tags: Business, Ideas, Internet   Published: 16th December '07


23 Archived Wordpress Comments

John

That’s a terrible idea, but I like your pictures.

John McCann

I was in an IM conversion and wanted to write the sound of a grunt-like noise, but I couldn’t quite figure out how it would be best spelt

A: grrrruntt

John McCann

you're still going to have to associate a sound with a spelling, so you may as well just write it down phonetically?

John McCann

I was in an IM conversion and wanted to write the sound of a grunt-like noise, but I couldn’t quite figure out how it would be best speltA: grrrruntt

John McCann

I was in an IM conversion and wanted to write the sound of a grunt-like noise, but I couldn’t quite figure out how it would be best speltA: grrrruntt

John McCann

you're still going to have to associate a sound with a spelling, so you may as well just write it down phonetically?

Arlene Lee

nice, so you're really pursuing this project? the linguistics nerd in me wants to see how this would turn out…and how many IPA comments you'd get :)

Arlene Lee

nice, so you're really pursuing this project? the linguistics nerd in me wants to see how this would turn out…and how many IPA comments you'd get :)

Keith Mander

The notion goes beyond trying to phonetically accurate, it's more to do with the creative license of having a go at writing the sounds.

I'm waiting to hear back from the development folk, I'd be very tempted to go ahead if it's as cheap as chips.

John McCann

oh, sorry, I misunderstood, people submit their idea for how a sounds should be spelt and people vote on it. For some reason I thought you meant they would upload an audio file and it would happen automatically. I'm tired.

Keith Mander

The notion goes beyond trying to phonetically accurate, it's more to do with the creative license of having a go at writing the sounds.I'm waiting to hear back from the development folk, I'd be very tempted to go ahead if it's as cheap as chips.

Keith Mander

The notion goes beyond trying to phonetically accurate, it's more to do with the creative license of having a go at writing the sounds.I'm waiting to hear back from the development folk, I'd be very tempted to go ahead if it's as cheap as chips.

John McCann

oh, sorry, I misunderstood, people submit their idea for how a sounds should be spelt and people vote on it. For some reason I thought you meant they would upload an audio file and it would happen automatically. I'm tired.

John McCann

oh, sorry, I misunderstood, people submit their idea for how a sounds should be spelt and people vote on it. For some reason I thought you meant they would upload an audio file and it would happen automatically. I'm tired.

Dan Zilic

That is cool, especially as you can widen it to other nationalities and countries. As you know us Germans make totally (and better) noises than the British. And just imagine when these African folks with their "Clack" and "Tock" languages come on board. The only problem I see is that this sounds like a website with a somewhat short-term appeal and it seems that unelss you become really involved this would only be like a one- or two-visit place. Therefore I don't know how you wanna tie people as the appeal coud wear off pretty quickly.
Anyway, best of luck.

Julian Shelley

Hello mate :-)

Stumbled across your blog a few days ago and have been reading with interest. You’ve got some pretty cool ideas and sounds like you are doing well. You still working for Google?

Take it easy,
Ju

Dan Zilic

That is cool, especially as you can widen it to other nationalities and countries. As you know us Germans make totally (and better) noises than the British. And just imagine when these African folks with their "Clack" and "Tock" languages come on board. The only problem I see is that this sounds like a website with a somewhat short-term appeal and it seems that unelss you become really involved this would only be like a one- or two-visit place. Therefore I don't know how you wanna tie people as the appeal coud wear off pretty quickly.Anyway, best of luck.

Dan Zilic

That is cool, especially as you can widen it to other nationalities and countries. As you know us Germans make totally (and better) noises than the British. And just imagine when these African folks with their "Clack" and "Tock" languages come on board. The only problem I see is that this sounds like a website with a somewhat short-term appeal and it seems that unelss you become really involved this would only be like a one- or two-visit place. Therefore I don't know how you wanna tie people as the appeal coud wear off pretty quickly.Anyway, best of luck.

John McCann

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/18/1197740272963.html

Can you make this the first sound that people vote on?

John McCann

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/18/1197740272963.htmlCan you make this the first sound that people vote on?

John McCann

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/18/1197740272963.htmlCan you make this the first sound that people vote on?

Joe McD

I think an adult version of this would be great. Cybersex would actually come to life. And since the porn industry makes so much money, it could be a real money maker for you.

John McCann

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/18/1197740272963.html

Can you make this the first sound that people vote on?