July 17, 2009 |
At some point in time a thing like an “online meeting” sounded like something beyond understanding for many humans who could not understand how it could be possible to be separated by thousands of miles yet chat in video chats and talk just like they would on the phone – but all via internet protocol and absolutely free of charge.
But now that even my grandma knows that when I am abroad she can always talk to me on Skype from my parents’ apartment, I think online meetings have lost the fascination for many of us online. Really, while I don’t think that online meetings and video conferences can replace live business meetings and real business trips (even despite of the fact that they are so much more environmentally friendly), we all use online meetings from time to time for business when someone wants to show us something or when we want to show something ourselves to someone miles away.
But a good part of fascination has certainly left the process of online meetings and no one uses it for fun or because it is simply cool: people use it as a tool that can be useful and can fulfill certain requirements. Now there’s 6rounds, a new startup in private beta that is determined to bring the fun back to the online meetings – no matter whether they are for business or for fun.
6rounds startup was launched in early July and has already received a number of enthusiastic reports from tech bloggers who tend to love everything about online video, especially when it comes in a nice and streamlined user interface. And 6rounds certainly deserves praise for how beautiful and impressive the user interface is as it certainly makes people want to stay – even if they are not even big fans of anything tagged with “video” and “online meetings”.
All the activities here are based on the notion of “rounds” – the one on one webcam-enabled speed chats where you can talk to anyone on the site for 10 minutes, both of you from your own side of a webcam. So a round here is an online meeting where you can be engaged with your friends in any type of activity – be it a business presentation or an entertaining chess game or a simple video chat.
6rounds offers you to either meet new people based on your shared interests or just engage in a round with a personal friend who is also on the site. We are also offered a range of entertaining activities that are already here and the list is promised to grow larger eventually as the company opens the API for the platform to third-party developers. And to make things even more fun for you when you chat with a friend live, you are offered some visual effects to make your image looking like it snows on you or something else.
I am not certain myself if I need online meetings to be fun or if I’d stick to them as a simple tool that I can need for business or for a talk to my friends or family but 6rounds is definitely worth taking a look at if you feel that you need some more fun in your life. Now if you are interested in trying 6rounds for yourself, I have 250 invites to the service so head over here to sign up to see what the future of online meetings is.