DimDim – The Art of the Webinar

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.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

3 replies on “DimDim – The Art of the Webinar”

  1. Hi Mike,
    Would you be interested in taking a look at a free online meeting tool, Mikogo?
    This is a freeware screen sharing tool where you can share your screen live over the net. Great collaboration tool and very easy to get started and use. Features include: whiteboard, session recording, application selection, file transfer, meeting scheduler, remote keyboard/mouse control, and more.
    Take a look at our homepage and feel free to contact me if you would like further info.

    The Mikogo Team

  2. Another idea is to use Second Life. The biggest obstacle would be that people who haven’t signed up would have to get up to speed with using the online world, but it has some distinct advantages. I once listened to a talk in Second Life by a colleague of mine, and it was absolutely mindblowing. Before the talk, people’s avatars started gathering around, and could chat in little groups or couples while they waited (using sound or text). And the person giving the talk can use multimedia or even a preconstructed ‘stage set’ that could be used to demonstrate what they are talking about. Because you can build anything you want in Second Life, there are no limits to what the stage can be. You can even put up posters or set up stalls just like at a conference. It was the coolest experience, and in some ways even closer to reality than using a video link between ‘real’ groups, because behaviour is more like an actual group of people getting together.

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