Free, New Tool for Online Meetings/Collaboration – Try Zipcast!
Posted by Plish on February 18, 2011
Slideshare has just launched a really slick, new service called Zipcast. It’s an online meeting tool. It’s free and it’s simple. Simply set up a free account through Slideshare and you get a free meeting room. Call a meeting and broadcast it on Twitter or Facebook, or keep it private and only invitees can participate. The fact that it’s spontaneous and doesn’t require any planning is great for initiating discussions on the fly. Zipcast does require that your meeting centers around a Slideshare ’presentation’ (yours or someone else’s) that is already uploaded but this isn’t really negative – after all, most meetings are centered around documents anyway, right?
Features of Zipcast are:
- Use any presentation: yours or someone else’s
- Personalized meeting rooms
- Streaming live video
- Group chat
- No downloads
- Unlimited meetings & participants
- Facebook & Twitter integration
- Private or Public
- Password protection
- No ads
- Conference call number
What does Zipcast claim it can be used for?
- Share ideas with remote colleagues.
- Launch your next product
- Talk at a conference remotely
- Teach anyone, anywhere
- Pitch a client
- Walk people over your sales deck
- Support your customers
- Run a non-profit fundraiser
- Share your photo albums
- Have fun sharing presentations
Personally I can see this being used as a great way to teach people, to give webinars for free, or to work on social innovation projects. People could contribute to a discussion, a new presentation could be made based upon the feedback, another meeting held, and so on. I could see this becoming a platform for online Pecha Kucha, which I would really dig. Think about it. You could tune in to a Pecha Kucha presentation 24-7 and not have to sit through hour long presentations.
This will obviously morph and be taken in new directions as it gets used. I can already see an artist uploading lyrics/poetry to their Slideshare page and giving a concert/reading for anyone and everyone that will listen.
This seriously has some coolness going for it.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
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