TalkShoe has developed a website for user-generated live and recorded voice. Users can host and join live voice discussion groups, conversations, and talk shows--called Talkcasts--using telephones, cell phones, or Internet voice (voice-over-IP) connections. All Talkcasts can be recorded for later listening, downloading, or podcasting.
TalkShoe connects people of common interests using simultaneous live voice conferencing and chat. Example uses of TalkShoe include sports discussion groups, political debates, small business meetings, friends and family chats, book clubs, hobbyists' meetings, and education, and training. In addition, up to 1,000 people can talk and/or listen to a live Talkcast, and unlimited people can download the recorded podcasts. By producing Talkcasts, hosts can make money. Hosts are paid for each person that joins, listens to, downloads, or podcasts their Talkcast. Money is earned from text and banner advertising (i.e. Google AdSense), audio ad insertion, and video ads. In addition, hosts can choose to charge a fee for their Talkcasts.
Hosts choose the topic and schedule their Talkcast online. Hosts can invite anyone they wish. In addition, the Talkcast is then listed in the directory for browsing and searching. Once the Talkcast starts, hosts have control with features such as: muting, un-muting; censoring users; see-who's-talking; and request-to-talk queuing. The Talkcast is recorded and available on the TalkShoe website where users can listen to, download, or podcast the Talkcast. Talkcasts can also be listed on podcast directories including iTunes and many others. Private Talkcasts are also available for those wishing to use TalkShoe for friends and family talks, internal business communications, or other closed groups. The TalkShoe website is currently free.