I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t usually consider myself an “early adapter” of technology trends (except for Pinterest). However, I just heard about the Anchor app (Anchor.fm) in one of the Facebook groups I’m a part of and decided to write a simple post about it.
What is the Anchor App?
It’s like Instagram but for podcasts. No need for fancy equipment, make up or a super stylized home office. Since no one sees you, they just hear you, you can record in your pjs sitting on your messy couch folding laundry.
What’s so cool about Anchor.fm is that the posts are bite sized (five minutes or shorter) and you can hop on at any time to record or listen. You can also comment on other people’s episodes and send them a comment. The app even has a call in feature that lets you contact other people’s stations and ask a question, which is super cool when you think about it.
So how Does the Anchor App Work?
Go to the app store and sign up: https://anchor.fm/
It will ask you to authenticate with Twitter or Facebook (I used Twitter) and it will create a profile. Once you have your name you’ll be able to edit your profile to your liking. Here’s what my profile looks like:
Initially it had my whole name (first and last) so I changed it to add my first name and blog name. There’s a character limit so I wasn’t able to get the entire blog name in there but hopefully people will be able to identify me with my blog.
Then just add a picture, add your website URL and a short summary of who you are and what you do. Once your profile is set up you’re ready to go!
How to Listen on Anchor.fm
Go to your home page and click on one of the profiles that pops up. When you click on the profile the episode will start.
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If you want to search for people to listen to, just press the magnifying glass and lots of suggestions will come up. Or, if you know the name of the person you want to listen to you can type it in the search bar.
To keep the people you listen to organized, you have to “favorite” them, which is like following on other platforms. You can “favourite” someone by pressing the little star to the right of the person’s profile picture.
Once you have a few favorites they’ll show up at the bottom of your Anchor.fm screen.
How to Record on Anchor.fm
In the middle of the navigation bar is a little red button with a plus sign. All you do is press that button and start talking. There’s a timer that pops up telling you how long you’ve been talking and to turn it off you just press that red button again and it stops.
After recording you have to create a name for your episode. Once your episode has a name, you can review it and either delete it or publish it.
Your Anchor.fm Profile Page
This page has three columns – station, episode and people.
The station column lists your most recent talks. Remember, they only stick around for 24 hours. If you want to keep them for longer, you have to turn them into episodes (the second column).
Once you’ve published a talk you can see how many people have listened to it by looking at the number next to the ear emoji.
The people column just shows if your Facebook and Twitter account are connected and if your friends on those accounts are on Anchor so you can follow them on the app as well.
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Other Fun Tips for Using the Anchor App
You can start a conversation on the platform, give the person applause or call in to ask questions.
To start a conversation, click on the little arrow above the house icon. It will take you to a screen that lets you share the podcast, comment (using the button to the left of the play button) or send applause or likes.
If you want to “call in” you can just press the call in button and ask a question. It’s almost like a podcast interview.
On your home page, the little bell to the right of the plus sign is your notification center. It tells you who has favorited your station, left comments etc.
To unfavourite a station just press the star button. When the star button becomes grey, that person is no longer on your list.
Have you tried Anchor.fm yet? Please feel free to share your station below and if you want to follow my station click here.