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Aug 26

Our friends at Midomi

by Harrison • August 26, 2007

The Spokeo Perspective

There’s a proverb, "Birds of a feather flock together" (Chinese has a similar proverb, "one takes on the color of one’s company"). When you see many of your friends have started their own ventures, you’ll feel an inexplicable urge to do the same as well. These friends are more than drinking buddies; rather, we exchange ideas and experiences to help each other grow. Here I would like to introduce one of Spokeo’s friends – Midomi.

Midomi is a karaoke social network. You can sing, and others can comment on your performance. They got a lot of nice people in their community, so even if you are not pro, you won’t get trashed. My performance is here (you can add it into Spokeo to track my future performances). Warning: I like Chinese pop music so you probably can’t understand what I am singing. Also I am not exactly pro. Anyway, if you are interested to see how Midomi works, or if you find it entertaining to see what my voice is like, go check it out.

Midomi is more than a social network. It is also a voice search engine. Just sing a song like "Happy Birthday" into Midomi, and it can correctly find that song in seconds. The accuracy is quite astounding, so you should definitely check out that unique feature.

How Midomi’s search works is that it can recognize "pitch" (as opposed to speech). It does not attempt to interpret what people are saying; however, by focusing on pitch recognition, their engine can detect the melody better. Obviously I am not an expert on this subject. Just try it out, and you’ll know what I mean.

Lastly, we are going to upgrade our system tomorrow. You’ll experience a short downtime, but you’ll appreciate the new changes.

 

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