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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Video meeting test a success

Today, for the first time, we built in a video feed from for our internal staff meeting. Far flung employees and contractors could see me live -- and reported that they enjoyed the visual impressions as the meeting progressed. There is no charge for the service.

At today's internal sales meeting, just as we were about to start, I decided to test whether we could use the live broadcast feed capacities of effectively. I emailed the meeting participants (including some guests), and within minutes they could visit our video portal site at and watch me. No, the video production qualities were limited -- and this is obviously not a fully functioning video conferencing approach as you can only view one person, one way. And if you are concerned about security and privacy, the format doesn't work as well -- anyone can view, and in fact, we had one outside guest who noted on the instant messaging screen attached to the system that the meeting was utterly boring (it should have been, because it really was an internal business meeting.)

Nevertheless, I found the resource useful, easy to operate, and rather simple to use in part because my laptop has a built in camera and it 'knows' when to turn itself on for the video feed.

I will use this technology at our other internal meetings, with several employees and contractors at remote locations. Except in exceptional circumstances where sensitive matters are discussed, there is no reason for the meetings to be 'private' so you are invited to view for yourself. If you wish, tune in at 1:30 p.m. on Monday for the next show!

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