Need a Free Web Conferencing Tool? Try Webex Beta. Need answers, try Twitter.

People ask me all the time why I use social media things like Twitter and Facebook.  Well, to get better answers than Google provides.

I, like most people in this world, will use things that work.  If they don’t work for me, then I usually stop using them.

When I asked the question, “Does anyone have any favorites for web conferencing like webex, go-to, vyew, adobe connect, etc?” through my Tweetdeck (which feeds my Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin profiles).

Here’s what happened.

I got lots of answers.  From people that I trust and from people I didn’t know but when I looked at their profiles and found out they were professionals like me (I figured I could trust them).

From Twitter I got:

@phillColeman: @DonSchindler I’m biased (work for them) but have you looked at Yuuguu for web conferencing? Aims to be simple to use.

@aeltzroth: @donschindler have used go to and adobe connect. No real preference. Adobe interface is a bit cleaner but function seems the same.

@cbarbour: @donschindler dimdim

@nickdenardis: @donschindler I like DimDim a lot.

@jcarole: @DonSchindler I am actually loving this FREE WebEx beta It’s still kind of a “secret’. Can’t lose with free!

@Mietzler: @DonSchindler I sell WebEx and Adobe. I think both are great but Adobe is my fav. let me know if you want demo

@LSCNorthHarris: @donschindler We use Web-Ex a lot here. Is it my favorite. I dunno … kinda standard issue I guess. Works on Macs fine too. #highered

Then my friends from Linkedin chimed in – I won’t post theirs because they were private emails but one of them told me her company used Microsoft Live for a while but had a lot of problems.  They switched Webex and now things are going great.

I got a few more responses on Facebook but I won’t expose them – if you are friends with me, then you can check it out but most of them were Webex.

When I did the same kind of search through Google using a couple of different keyword terms, I got all different kinds of answers.  Under “free web conferencing”, webex didn’t show up except for with Google Adwords.

So who am I going to trust – the Google results or my friends?

Me, I’m going to go with the professionals I know rather than the search engine.


2 responses to “Need a Free Web Conferencing Tool? Try Webex Beta. Need answers, try Twitter.”

  1. […] In my experience it’s difficult to get as detailed on Twitter as you might be able to on LinkedIn with your questions.  Anyone looking to help you has only 140 characters for a response (unless you decide to exchange email addresses) and that’s rarely enough for a detailed response.  Twitter has great search capabilities, and desktop programs like Tweetdeck and Seesmic have made it easy to monitor tweets on a particular topic.  So if you’re a WordPress developer you better have a saved Twitter search on the term “WordPress” because your competitors will beat you to opportunities if you don’t.  People like Chris Brogan swear by using Twitter for answers, and with over 100,000 followers it’s no wonder that he gets a flood of answers immediately when he asks a question.  In my experience, Twitter is best for things like recommendations.  What’s the best Android app for music?  What’s a good book to read on entrepreneurial finance?  Those can be answered in 140 characters, and they’re easy for people in your network and people searching on a keyword to answer quickly.  For a great play-by-play analysis of using Twitter for answers check out Don Schindler’s post. […]

  2. Shaun Marsh Avatar
    Shaun Marsh

    Great article. WebEx, Vyew, adobe connect etc. are quality web conferencing software’s. Another option is deploying on premise RHUB web conferencing appliances in order to conduct webinars, web conferences, online meetings, online presentations etc.

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