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How to Turn Your Facebook Feed Into a Radio
Imagine listening to your Facebook feed instead of reading it. In this guide I'm going to show you a pretty cool app that basically turns your facebook feed into a radio.
With the free version you can just listen to the Facebook comments made by your friends. But the paid version allows you to post on Facebook with your voice using speech to text.
So you can actually browse and post on Facebook while you're doing other activities. First I'll go over its basic functions then share some tips.
I should also point out that this isn't just using the Voice Over feature. This app is designed for Facebook. Has a pleasant voice and speaks thing like (smilie) and LOL (Laugh Out Loud) accurately.
The app is called Friends Aloud. There's a free version and a paid version that allows you to post on Facebook with your voice. I suggest you try the free version first to get a taste of it.
Once you've signed into your Facebook account in the app. Tap the "Read Aloud Now" button.
The app will start to read the posts on your Facebook feed to you in a pretty plesent voice which is one of the reasons I like this app so much. It doesn't sound like a robot voice reading to you.
It'll continue reading the post in order. You'll hear things like "(Friends Name) posted a link entitled…" and "(Friends Name) says ______".
In the settings you can adjust how many comments in a post you'd want to have read out loud.
Below you'll see the controls. You can pause, jump to next post or go back to the previous post. Another cool feature is the button at the top right corner. Tap this and it'll only read new posts.
By that I mean it will only read aloud post that have just been posted by your friends. So you'll basically hear the post the moment your friend posts them.
Go into the "Mute Friends" section and you can mute the people you don't want to listen to out loud. I like this because there are some in my friends that I really don't know well.
I also find the mute friend feature helpful when it comes to those people on Facebook that post nothing but FarmVille invites and game statistics. Just mute'm. :)
While you're listening and hear something you want to comment on. Tap the keyboard icon on the bottom left of the feed page and you'll be able to type your comment.
Or if you've purchased the paid version you can tap the microphone icon on the bottom right and just speak what you want to post. It'll be converted into text for you.
The app can also work in the background. While its reading your feed aloud you can close the app, browse around your iPhone and still continue to listen to your Facebook feed.
A little tip while it's playing in the background. If you double push your home button to open the background apps and swipe to the right. You can control (pause, forward, previous) the friends aloud.
Well that's about all you really need to know to turn your Facebook feed into a radio. Now you can read and post in Facebook without having to read or type anything. Great while working or driving.
By the way there is also a twitter version of this app but I haven't tried it yet
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I'm a semi professional magician. Graphic designer. I've been deaf almost 20 years but i can hear now thanks to the cochlear implant I got almost 2 years ago.