Crowdcaster is a social enterprise first launched in 2015 by Online Radio Broadcasting Limited, and relaunched in renewed format in 2019. The mission of Crowdcaster is “Giving People a Voice” through this social broadcasting platform.
The application is centred around three functions – Discover, Record, Connect
The application is available on web and on mobile. The platform believes in the power of the spoken word, as a positive force in:
Yes, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your suggestions through the Contact Form.
The Crowdcaster Team will notify people and organisations through its mailing list, and its social networks, about new features as they are released.
You will receive one email when signing up to confirm your email account. Users will receive a “Weekly DIgest” email summarising the trending content on the application during that week.
Users may unsubscribe from the Weekly Digest from their Settings page.
This is where you can explore:
A Cast is an audio format of up to a maximum 140 seconds in length – making it snackable, short form audio - which is succinct and ear-catching!
A Crowdcast is an audio format of unlimited length shared within a Crowd, which is a community space for sharing audio.
A Podcast is an audio format which is generally of unlimited length on a titled theme from the same broadcaster, and published in a regular episodic series. Podcasts are often shared on more than one platform via RSS feeds – and this facility is available for broadcasters of podcasts that they have created [as part of the Premium Account].
The Application is designed to make it easy for people to begin broadcasting in short, long or podcast formats, and the Crowds function allows people to share audio within a community which may be public or private. Private communities are only visible to the members of that community (eg a family or learning group).
The most popular content on the platform is selected by:
On the top menu from left, there is a side menu showing:
On the top menu there is also a tab to return to the landing page, access to the Player and more navigation shortcuts to Discover, Crowds, Podcasts, Search and another access to your Profile.
Type a letter in the search box and the search results will automatically appear based on the letters you have selected. These results are grouped in:
“View all” in each case will extend the search results to include all the search results in that category for that search item in a single view.
If you want to refine your search further, you can add additional information to the search box in the search results.
This is the audio content (Casts, Crowdcasts, Podcasts and Playlists) of all the Users you follow.
You can access this from anywhere on the application by pressing the microphone symbol in the lower right of your screen.
The Record facility allows audio content to be published on the platform, by recording live in the application, or by uploading an audio file - the audio files supported are:
There are four simple steps in the Record sequence under which you:
The more content you include which identifies the audio content, including hashtags, the easier it will be for you and your followers to search for and find the audio later. If you are short of time at the moment you wish to publish the audio, the minimum “Details” content required in the form is the “Title”, and you can go back to it later after publication to add additional information if you wish by selecting that audio content from your Library, and going to Edit. If you do not upload an image file for the audio, the application will auto-generate an avatar from your Username.
On mobile there is an “Instant Publish” facility which allows you to publish audio without any preview of adding Details, in which case the audio will be published with your profile picture and time stamp, which you can go back to later after publication and Edit if you wish.
After publication, you will automatically be redirected to your Profile, where the most recent audio published will appear at the top of the list.
When you select the PLAY icon on any audio, the audio will immediately play without leaving the Profile page, and the progress bar at the bottom of the page will show the time elapsed and time remaining.
If you select the PLUS icon, the audio will be added to the Player without playing, and the “+” icon will become “x” to show that it is in the Player. If you select the “x” icon again, the audio will be removed from the Player.
You can access the Player by selecting “Expand Player” on the top menu bar, which opens up the full Player experience.
The main features of the Player are:
All the audio loaded in the Player will play in sequence. If you wish to change the sequence, you can drag and drop audio to the correct position in the Player. The uploaded image from the Details form will show for the audio which is playing, which will be updated automatically when the next audio is played. [Full screen optionality to come].
For the audio which is playing, you can select other functions – Download, Share and Respond.
You can leave the Player experience at any time by selecting Minimise at the top of the Player, after which you will be returned to the page you were at before.
In order to Connect with other Crowdcaster Users your Profile is the starting point – where under Settings you can provide as much or as little detail as you like. [Move Settings to second in RH menu].
Your Profile shows:
This is where you can see and control all the content you have created on Crowdcaster – Casts, Crowdcasts, Episodes (Podcasts), and Playlists.
Selected audio can be filtered by All, Published, Drafts and Trash – and audio files may be moved between these filter categories if, for example you want to publish, unpublish or delete audio from the existing categories.
You can listen to all your audio content you have created, whatever category it is in. Other Users can only fid and listen to the audio you have published.
Yes by selecting EDIT from the content commands.
The application will be available on mobile in the Android and iOS formats – with some layout adjustments the functionality of the mobile applications follows the above.