Posted December 11, 2009 9:40 am by with 1 comment

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Google Voice‘s transcribe feature pretty much sucks.

How inaccurate is it? Well, see for yourself. Here’s a portion of a voicemail left for me recently:

Play Google Voicemail

Now, here’s the transcription according to Google Voice:

“..I’m trying to a 98 so that cool voice can proper with trans with transcribe this message…”

I’m not quite sure what’s more embarrassing for Google Voice:

a) It couldn’t transcribe “enunciate” or,

b) It didn’t even recognize “Google Voice”!!!

Anyway, the feature is still useful to have–especially when you’re busy and not sure if you should listen to the voicemail or not. And, to be fair, Google does recognize that its automated transcription service needs a lot of work. In fact, it’s asking for your help.

You can now “donate” your voicemail for scientific testing:

The messages you donate may be listened to, manually transcribed by us and/or used to gauge transcription improvements over time, but they will never be made public or used for any other purpose than improving the transcription quality.

I’m guessing Tiger Woods won’t be donating any voicemails in the near future. 😉

Will you give Google your voicemails?