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Chat rooms and conference calls - Mark Atwood — LiveJournal
Chat rooms and conference calls
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docorion From: docorion Date: April 7th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the best things about this is that chat happens in a mode where no one steps on anyone else. In speech, only one person can talk at a time (effectively 'simplex', although I know it's not technically simplex, but bear with me). During a meeting, as the speaking is going on, a lot of people will have points they want to make resulting from the content of the speech; waiting for the speech to finish means you may forget your point (often because it's been superseded by another one). Chatting during the conference allows those points to be made without interrupting the speaker.

I participated in a WebEx event recently. While there were some frustrations, the format allows for questions which come up to be entered during the presentation, likely ensuring that some questions get asked (avoiding the embarrassing 'any questions' followed by crickets which end so many presentations).

I approve of this innovation.

Edited at 2009-04-07 07:48 pm (UTC)
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