Last week I participated in a Webinar with users from across Canada. For my readers who don’t know what a webinar is, it’s like a seminar, but presented over the web. I’ve tried a few of these services, and the current leader by a long way is DimDim. With this service it is possible to host meetings of up to 20 people for free – for more people there is a $ubscription fee, but interestingly, there is also an opensource community version that can be installed on your own server if you are into the techy things!
As the price of fuel increases, web conferencing is likely to increase in popularity and services such as this that incorporate video and screen sharing as well as recording of the session will be commonplace in business environments.
I’ve no experienced a technical session such as client – consultant detailing a design project’s progress, but the methods that I’ve used with screen shots and discussing these with clients over the phone would be totoally suited to a web-conferencing format with a bit of preparation.