Audioconferences: Web 2.0 Pizzazz Vs Same-Old-Same-Old
What do you need to know about Web 2.0 audio conferencing? How is it different from your old, crisp dial number, a PIN you’ve been carrying around in your wallet or purse?
Traditional services lack innovation – Audio conferencing has seen little innovation since its appearance in the 1980s. It started as part of an AT&T operator call center and paid $ 1 per minute per participant. It had basic features and rigid rules. After your allotted time, you will be cut off. You were charged extra for everything like operator fees, late fees, no-show fees, and cancellation fees. Put bluntly, traditional services were as petty as a drill sergeant. After AT & T’s divestiture in the mid-1980s, “unreserved” technology emerged to deliver Baby Bells’ emerging core services. These technologies are still with us. The innovation with the no reservation option was the ability to use the same PIN for multiple calls without having to schedule each call through an operator.
Combine the best of the world of phones and data – “Web 2.0 audio conferencing” is an emerging industry that describes a new generation of technology that is giving new life to a heavy but much needed commercial service. Traditional services, or the same old conferences, connected the telephone cables. The new services combine traditional phone technologies with the new generation of web-based technologies such as i-Phone® and Blackberry® to offer new features and functions that make the user experience more effective … and perhaps even more. fun too. Ease of use, convenience, more features and higher quality at lower costs are your calling card.
The power of Web 2.0 features is finally here – This new audio conferencing technology combines the best of the telephone and web world. For example, let’s say you need to get your team together right now to handle an emergency. Now you can just tap on your group list and browse! They are all on the phone. No more work in the process of emailing everyone, waiting for confirmations, initiating the call, waiting for stragglers. Those cumbersome barriers are removed for greater efficiency. Such capabilities were impossible with the same old audio conferencing, but today they are easy to achieve and generate powerful results.
Special note: Web 2.0 audio conferencing and “web conferencing” are not the same. Web conferencing allows participants to transmit a view of a computer screen, such as a PowerPoint slide. Audio conferencing manages telephone connections. Sometimes the two technologies are used together. However, most of the time audio conferencing is used as it does not require everyone to be in front of a computer at a time.
For more information, see “Web 2.0 Audio Conferencing.”
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