Dean Elwood, the co-founder of Voip User announced today that he
is joiningÂ joined Truphone in October. In a business spaceÂ with lots of nice guys, Dean is one of the nicer ones. I am happy he was able to turn his hobby (voip) into a full time paying pursuit. Together with TJ (Tjardick Van Der Kraan ), Dean founded a few years ago, voip-user.org, which has developed into a leadingÂ voip resource.
At Truphone, Dean will be the Platform Director. “Platform” as Dean explains, relates to a backbone that supports and enables the operation of additional products which Truphone will release itself, and to ultimately enable third party developers to create applications on the Truphone network.
Dean brings to Truphone an unique understanding of the market and is already announcing a new application.
One project at Truphone that I have been involved with for a few months, and since before joining officially, is a new Click to Call application, launched today. There are several click to call/callback/speak type applications already on Facebook. The differentiator here, and the interesting part about this application (and also the hardest part) is that weâ€™ve embedded a JAVA based softphone right into the heart of Facebook. This makes the experience from a user point of view seamless with the Facebook environment. The user never leaves Facebook, they speak into Facebook. Additionally, the “call me” button for this application is not restricted to your own profile page – it functions as a Facebook attachment, which means it can be dropped onto a friends Wall, or added to a Facebook mail message or any other attachment-accepting application which exists on Facebook now or might do in the future.
While, I was unable to get it going, it sounds like a great product. Of course the question remains as Om Malik wrote a few days ago, do voice applications have a place at all on social networks at all? So far the stats are rather disappointing, to say it mildly.
Good Luck Dean!