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I have been a faithful DimDim user since David Jakes told me about it at NYSCATE in November of last year. I ended up purchasing a year’s subscription right before they got bought by Salesforce. While I still have a few months left on my subscription, I decided to go hunting for a new solution, so as not to be hurried. Here are my needs/wants/etc…
- Easy phone conferencing. One feature I adore about DimDim is the included voice conferencing. Lots of the folks I deal with don’t care for VOIP, and neither do I.
- Screen sharing.
- Cost effective
Aside from those two options, everything else is icing on the cake. The vast majority of webinars, technical support calls, and conference calls I do need only those two options. However, that proved quite difficult to find.
I explored several of the major conferencing providers, and discovered that most, if not all, charge lots of money for phone conferencing. For example:
- Cisco’s WebEx – charges by the minute for phone conferencing.
- Elluminate – charges by the minute for phone conferencing.
- Fuze Meeting – costs a bundle monthly.
And so on and so forth.
Note that I do not mind paying for a service that works. I pay for DimDim. But I could not see paying by the minute for phone conferencing.
I initially discovered join.me as I needed a quick and easy solution to helping my parents with their ailing computer. join.me allowed me to control their computers with ease.
Did you know every join.me session comes with a free phone conferencing session? I didn’t. I learned it did. And I was hooked.
In fact, every join.me session allows up to 250 people to participate on the phone conference. For free. Outstanding.
So now I am using join.me as my conferencing provider. I fire up my presentation in Keynote or Google Presentations and present that way. I get a chat room, phone conference, and can even let others participate.
And, there are Android and iOS apps for viewing presentations.
So I’m a join.me convert. Try it and let me know what you think.
Full disclosure: Since I heart join.me so much and have been using it so much over the last few months, we decided to work together. So I am helping them perfect an already outstanding product a few hours each month. My opinion of the product is not shaped by our agreement, I work with them because I believe they’ve got a good thing going.