Ribbit – the Silicon Valley’s first phone company

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An interesting new company called Ribbit – the Silicon Valley’s first phone company – has released a very cool product called amphibian that allows me to call a phone number within a web page and re-route my cell phone to their service.  Sure we’ve seen those customer support sites that say “enter your phone and we’ll call you right away” but Ribbit is different.  Here is a typical use case scenario:  I’m surfing my facebook account (which I do 24/7) and I get a phone call on my cell phone.  I don’t wait to talk on my cell phone and browse the net but instead use my computer’s microphone.  As I’m getting the call, the caller id’s info is brought up on the screen with their public social media history displayed so I can see what they’ve been up to (Flickr photos uploaded from their recent trip to Italy, e.g.).  The caller id social media part is fascinating and will probably make me take talk longer with the caller since now I have something actually to take about.  It also reminds me to be careful what I put up on the social media sites and label it public. With amphibian, you can receive calls as described previously but also you can make calls.  If you are a plaxo member your address book is tied in and allows for a quick search of your contacts.  One of the coolest feature is the voicemail to text conversion that occurs on every voicemail.  It allows me to view the text of a voicemail and search upon it.  So if I’m looking for the voicemail where Jerry talked about Microsoft I can easily find it just by searching by keyword.  Developer kits are available to incorporate their service into other social networks sites and the potential within Facebook or even within your corporate network is very viable.  Unfortunately, service is now in invite-only stage so I’ve only seen the demo on their site but it looks very promising.    Check it out at Ribbit.com   Caller ID 2.0Caller ID Screen on amphibian by Ribbit   Messaging ScreenMessaging Screen on amphibian by Ribbit  -DJ Ksar 


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jamessiminoff on March 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Ribbit is awesome and they have built incredible systems and UI. SimulScribe is a very happy partner with Ribbit supplying voicemail to text on the back end for products like Amphibian. Great post on a great service.


    James Siminoff, CEO


  2. Posted by DJ Ksar on March 21, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    thanks for the comment.


  3. Don Thorson / Ribbit here. Thanks for noticing and writing about us It’s always appreciated. I think you’ll really be impressed by the developer implications and open API approach as well. All the voice features you see on the site now, either in the Amphibian “consumer” product or the enterprise product (Ribbit for Salesforce) can also be incorporated into new developer created apps. This is where it gets really exciting.

    It’s the deep integration made possible when you start treating “voice as a data object” that makes things go way off the chart. Stay tuned and thanks again for noticing us.



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