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Jajah is privately launching in beta today a voice-over-IP solution that lets people make calls for free via micromessaging site Twitter and other Twitter-related desktop and mobile applications. This is another effort by Jajah to get its VoIP service onto a popular application; last year, the […]

jajah @callJajah is privately launching in beta today a voice-over-IP solution that lets people make calls for free via micromessaging site Twitter and other Twitter-related desktop and mobile applications. This is another effort by Jajah to get its VoIP service onto a popular application; last year, the company forged a partnership with Yahoo to offer its voice services to Yahoo IM users.

When 140 characters isn’t cutting it, simply send a tweet to the person you want to talk to using the format “@call @username.” Jajah will then call your phone and once you pick up, will connect you to your friend. To use Jajah’s @Call service, however, both you and your friend must be registered in the company’s beta group and the person you’re calling must follow you on Twitter. For now, calls can only be two minutes long and only U.S. numbers are supported. Jajah keeps users’ phone numbers private, so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting their hands on personal contact information. The @Call service is compatible with a host of Twitter applications, including Seesmic, Echofon (formerly Twitterfon) and Twitroid.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Jajah isn’t the only company to bring VoIP to a social site. Earlier this week, Vivox privately launched in beta a web voice service for Facebook that lets people have a voice chat with any of their friends on the social network. Users have to download a plug-in to use the service.

The launch of these voice services for social networks have generated a healthy amount of buzz on the web, and only time will tell whether Twitter and Facebook will embed them into their platforms. While these click-to-call services aren’t the sexiest of applications, they’re useful and continue to encourage us to live our social lives on the web.

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  1. That is the most stupid idea I have ever heard.

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    1. Jennifer Martinez Thursday, September 17, 2009

      Why do you think that? It’d be great to hear your thoughts.

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  2. y cant people just call ?

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  3. interesting idea… will give it a try…

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  4. So, so… 2 minutes max, only with followers, only in the US (or with US numbers)… Geeze… feels like it’s the 80s’ again, with pagers, closed user-groups and all that…

    On a serious note : too many limitations right now, i’m not sure it’s worth the few cents you might spare using Jajah compared to placing a regular phone call.

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    1. Try TweetToCall, which is offering Oauth login (no seperate account needed) and 4 minute free calls. True, we are only doing U.S. calls for now… maybe that is too limiting? Would love to hear your thoughts, we have the international functionality, just haven’t turned it on yet.

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    2. I think the key thing here is the convenience factor “instant action”. Also I think the biggest users won’t be friends ( that’s what cellphones are for right?) but B2C communications – look at the insane number of Pizza parlours, coffee shops etc on Twitter.

      See todays special tweeted. Click and Call. Pick it up at lunch. ( As one example).

      It’s perfect to create a sales funnel for traditional businesses. Just my 2cents.

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  5. The pizza example is great. Now I see a point.

    But what’s that Vivox thing? I have tried about 20 different VoIP apps on Facebook in the last 2 years (Jajah, Jaxtr, Rebtel, Voxalot, Calliflower, Skype, Truphone, Tringme, …). How is Vivox different?

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  6. The Pizza example requires the receiver to be following the Pizza parlor. There is no method in the Jajah system initiate a call with someone not on your buddylist. It also fails to provide any context for the call. How we escalate from text / context to voice is important. Yet the filter must be placed with the receiver. A few will be happy to accept all calls however as “skypeme” buttons prove not many will just push the “interrupt” button. I wrote a comparison vs Phweet post http://www.henshall.com/stuart/2009/09/16/jajah-call-stuarthenshall-service-misses-the-phweet-spot-imho/ The Phweet model works perfectly for the Pizza company and has a business model that is a money spinner not based on minutes. Still I’m pleased to see that we are again exploring how context and voice can take us into higher order exchanges and also make money.

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  7. [...] prefer contacting friends using social media than over the phone (which could either hurt or help Jajah’s @Call offering, which uses the company’s VoIP service to let users call friends for free via the Twitter [...]

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  8. Thanks for the post Jennifer,
    We are very excited about this new service. If you think about it, the benefits of JAJAH@Call are huge. No need to manage an address book or to remember phone numbers. If you change your phone number, people will still be able to contact you – without having to know the new or old number – it becomes irrelevant.

    You can start a conversation with people you are not feeling comfortable with giving away your number for example. If you are a business, you can easily assign a user name to go to a mobile number (say, for press) and then change the number with turnover without changing a thing on your social media channel.

    There are many more possibilities, we are discovering them ourselves as we expand the beta.

    - Hadara

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