Saturday, 14 April 2007
Video Chat Green Tea
Karen raised the idea of learning to videoconference. If we did this and got good at it and taught our clients to do it, we could cut down on business travel.
I've looked into it for mac and it is a breeze. My laptop had a camera built in. All I had to do was get an AOL IM screenname password using the link on this page here (note you dont need AOL IM on mac, use ichat its much better, takes 2 mins to setup. PC users need to get AIM for windows).
Mac users on ichat can chat together 4 at a time. AIM users are limited to 1:1. The two systems do talk to each other though. A great mac and AIM tutorial which answers all the questions you could possibly have is there
Now we all need to learn to get good at videoconference meetings, iron out difficulties. So here's a suggestion - why dont we have a virtual green meeting? At the meetup & coffee morning sessions you usually end up chatting intensely to the people next to you, so if we all are available within a group of chat friends at an agreed time the one-to-one thing might work. I'd like to try the 4-way ichat thing too, to see if that's better (or not).
Who would like to try this out? Maybe some of you are experienced videochatters anyway, but I still think the idea of a green marketing meetup that is carbon neutral (no journeys) makes sense anyway. Plus I know there are readers from many more places than London town here. For that reason I think it should be 3pm UK time (=7am in SFO and 11pm in Shanghai). Hence afternoon tea. I also think we should drink green tea. A nod to what Marshall McLuhan called teleprecense :)
Do leave a comment if you are up for it. We'd your AIM screen name (my is greenormal) and a (UK) time that could work. As a first suggestion what about thursdays 3pm....? I actually dont mind too much if it is just me and Karen to start with plus a few others. But the great thing about this format is that if 30 or 300 of us went online at the same time, we could still pick available friends from the group and start chatting.