Frequently Asked Questions
What is Swellcasting?
Swellcasting is the recording and posting of short audio clips for everyone to listen, react and reply. You can start Swellcasting by downloading the Swell mobile app. You can use your Swellcast to share ideas, tell stories, ask questions, discuss experiences, or simply talk about anything on your mind.
What is a Swell?
A Swell is a short piece of audio, up to 5 minutes max, that you record and post to your Swellcast using the Swell mobile app. Anyone can listen to it and respond with their own Swells.
How is a Swellcast different from a podcast?
You can think of a Swellcast as a shorter, easier, more accessible and more interactive version of a podcast. Unlike a podcast, which is a one way communication medium, a Swellcast enables your listeners to engage with you by posting their own Swells in reply to yours. Anyone can start Swellcasting in just a few minutes by downloading the app.
What does it mean to have a Swell Conversation?
When someone replies to your Swell with their own Swell, it becomes a conversation. You can have multiple people engage in a growing conversation, and the audio thread plays like a podcast with multiple contributors taking turns to talk. A Swell Conversation allows your listeners to share their perspectives, answer your questions, or just have a general discussion, right there in the application with you.
Do I need special equipment to record a Swell?
Not at all, recording a Swell is easy! You only need to download the Swell app on your smartphone and have something interesting to say to get started.
Who will see and hear my Swells?
By default, all Swells are public. So when you post a Swell, it will show up in the home page feed of other users, in search results, and in various categories and hashtag sections. Anyone can listen to it. We are working on a private Swellcasting feature for a future release.
What is a Swellcast widget?
The Swellcast widget is a cool way for you to promote your Swellcast on your website. Just like other social media widgets, it is a small piece of code that you add to your website, and it will render your Swellcast and show your recent Swells in it. Visitors to your website can listen to those Swells, and they can click on the widget to download the app and participate in Swell Conversations with you.