Needed: Virtual Tweetup Platform

I’ve been experimenting with a group of folks in my “inner circle” with the idea of doing virtual tweetups on-line.

Do you know of a platform that works well for this?

We tried TinyChat – great concept, but significant issues with audio quality and access.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

- Ability to host 6-12 people at once, with webcam video and VOIP audio (or maybe dial-in audio). Note: not one-way video, but everyone able to see each other simultaneously.

- Ability to support both Mac and PC without problems (maybe even Linux?)

- Easy ability to setup private discussion room(s) with simple login procedures

- Simple invitation management would be a plus

- Web-based: no download/installation preferable

- Free (or, perhaps a company with a paid solution would like to gain exposure by sponsoring a growing group of influencers?)

I figure the best way to find a solution is to crowd-source – so, what solutions do you know of? Any ideas? -please add your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!

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3 Responses to Needed: Virtual Tweetup Platform

  1. Tom Stitt says:

    Hi Steve,

    Good news. If Cisco’s new uber-fast router gets immediate widespread adoption for all the networks that you and and your colleagues use, many of the quality of service issues you mentioned should be minimized. Now back to reality – basically any audio, video, whiteboard/sharing online service you select is going to have its QoS determined/limited by the participant with the least robust local/global network connection (plus other stuff – I’m over simplifying.) If every TinyChat user had a robust network connection locally/globally and lots of processing power, I’d bet the QoS would be ok, maybe great.

    Have you looked at DimDim? Skype won’t meet your video requirements for a conference style event but certainly could handle the audio, sharing, whiteboard requirements.

    Cheers,

    Tom

  2. Christina says:

    Hi Steve,

    I hope you are great!

    Have you heard of Twebevent (http://twebevent.com/)? This may be in line with what you are looking for. Rob Swanwick is the man behind it and a super nice guy (got to meet him in person at EventCamp). He tweets as @spkrinteractive.

    Social Collective is another forum for this kind of communication (http://thesocialcollective.com/). Another nice person behind it that I got to meet at EventCamp – Clinton Bonner (@clintonbon).

    Let me know if either of these works for you or if you have questions! Both guys are very smart and intune with users’ interests/needs.

    Christina

  3. Anne says:

    Hmmm…Tom sounds like he’s the man in the know!

    I do not have any where near the tech skills to have a clue…but it sounds interesting!

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