Eric A. Silva

Google Tone: The New URL Shortener

I’m sure we’ve all been in a presentation where we’re trying to decode that one character in a bit.ly link. Is it a capital I, lowercase L or even the number 1? This may soon become the “old” way of sharing links. Google recently released a Chrome Web App called Google Tone that creates a sound for nearby computers connected to the internet to use to open a url. According to Google “Any computer within earshot (including over a phone or Hangout) that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON can receive a Google Tone notification.”

Install Google Tone

From the Chrome Web Store

Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
Google Tone turns on your computer’s microphone (while the extension is on) and uses your computer’s speakers to exchange URLs with nearby computers connected to the Internet. You can use Google Tone to send the URL for any web page, including news stories, pictures, documents, blog posts, products, YouTube videos, recipes—even search results. Any computer within earshot (including over a phone or Hangout) that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON can receive a Google Tone notification.

You need to be logged into your Google account to use Google Tone, and your Google profile name and picture will be displayed with the URL in a Google Tone notification.

To receive a URL with Google Tone, Chrome needs to keep your microphone on. Google Tone may not work in loud spaces, over a distance, with a poor Internet connection, or on computers without a microphone or with a microphone incapable of detecting sound broadcast by Google Tone.

By installing Google Tone, you agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/. Google Tone collects anonymous usage data in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy.

Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Designer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Graduate Student at Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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