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When Twitter’s 140-character limit just isn’t enough to get your message across, or you want to give a tweet the personal touch, why not add some audio?

We’ve already brought you ways to share music on Twitter, but the solutions below will help you share the spoken word. Whether you want to sing happy birthday to someone, rant, or make a heartfelt apology, we’ve found five services that can help you out.

All the services we’ve tested have three things in common — they are all completely free, they don’t require a phone (i.e. they are web-based solutions), and they are all easy to use. There are differences between them, so it’s worth having a read through our experiences so you can see which would best suit your own needs.

1. Chir.ps

Chir.ps is a super simple way to broadcast your voice to your Twitter followers. After signing in with OAuth, it’s just a matter of entering your name for your personalized Chir.ps page before you can get going on the recording side of things.

The on-screen recording is again, simple — just authorize Chir.ps to use your computer’s mic, hit one button to start, say your piece, and then hit stop. You can preview your recording and once you’re happy with it, add text and then tweet it.

There’s a slight delay before the tweet will hit your stream, and when it does Chir.ps will have added a shortened URL (like this: http://chir.ps/6hb) to your message which people can click through in order to hear your audio.

While still decent, the audio quality of Chir.ps did not seem as great as other services we used, but the site does offer a listen count, so you can see how many people have hit play, which we do like. Here’s what your message will look like when people click through to Chir.ps:

2. AudioBoo

AudioBoo (“because sound is social”) offers an iPhone and Android app as well as an online service, but for the purposes of this article, it’s the web-based offerings we’re interested in.

Once you’ve signed in with OAuth and chosen your AudioBoo username, the online recording takes place in a pop out window, which also gives you the option to upload a common audio file.

If you record via the site, you can talk (or sing, or hum, or groan or whatever it is you want to do) for five minutes, after which you can preview your ramblings. Once you’re happy, give the recording a title and AudioBoo saves it down into the “Your Boos” section of the site.

From here you can choose to share your audio to Facebook, get an embed code for it, or tweet it, which creates a short URL like this: http://boo.fm/b154817

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