ChinSwing-audio message board for the internet

ChinSwing is a voice message board that pulls double duty as a flash audio player and voice-recorder.

Don't be afraid of the creepy, mucus-like mascot. ChinSwing is a voice message board that pulls double duty as a flash audio player and voice-recorder. It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately using the service requires a 4MB plug-in for both IE and Firefox.

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ChinSwing has a ton of categories for discussion, and tiny numbers (indicating topics) to help you see if there's any content within each category. There's also a just-uploaded section on the main page.

Voice messages are ordered chronologically, like a message board would be. Each discussion is separated into user submissions, and you can click on any one to play it, or you can just play the whole "discussion" from the start. The audio on several of the posts is far from studio quality, but considering most users are using their built-in laptop mics, it's still listenable.

The value of this app for the average user is questionable. Between standard message boards and YouTube, it's hard to imagine ChinSwing gaining ground as a community hot spot. It's nice that there's no registration needed to listen to the posts, but you do have download a separate app to get it going, which we think that will kill it. The technology is a neat idea, and it would be a good feature for existing message boards, but we can't see taking off on its own. In the meantime, consider it an interesting study in what the soldiers of a flame war actually sound like.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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