Revolutionary Web 2.0 Company Offers Web Conferencing for Free

By now every business person has become well-versed in all of the tricks and tips to save time and money in the midst of a recession, the bulk of which are related to using online tools and web applications in place of costly hardware and software. Using various web tools to increase efficiency and decrease cost is something I’ve discussed at length in earlier posts about online fax services, virtual pbx services and Google Apps and Zoho. Now add to this list of cost-effective solutions OpenaCircle.com, the first site to offer completely free web conferencing service.

Advantages of the service include the ability to share desktops with co-workers, colleagues and partners and the option to utilize blogs, wikis, texting and other social networking tools simultaneously with video and audio to share information. The majority of web conferencing service providers have thus far tended to offer free service for a trial period, after which the user is prompted to select from a tier of service plans. OpenaCircle.com, however, offers full access from the get-go to web-based “meeting and information-sharing spaces,” which are private and fully equipped with convenient work tools for presentations, A/V conferencing, storing/sharing files and planning and scheduling meetings.

Here are some of the best features:

  • Secure, private rooms
  • Permanently open 24 hours a day
  • Create a new circle for every customer, project or team
  • Live presentations and desktop sharing
  • Advance schedule meetings, presentations and events

What I love is that the bigwigs at OpenaCircle.com explain on their blog the positive implications of utilizing web applications not only on pocketbooks, but also on the green initiative. Here are a couple of quotes from the blog:

What will drive business travelers to go GREEN isn’t a sense of creating a smaller carbon footprint or being a responsible corporate citizen (though 40% of frequent business travelers say they are concerned). No, it is the simple fact that it doesn’t make financial sense anymore to travel to “get the sale.”

Just think about how much bandwidth you have at home compared to what you have at the office. Sure, you have a large pipe coming into the office, but shared amongst how many people. And what if 1/3 of those users are sending live video or sharing their desktop.

So, maybe going GREEN might mean also, sending your workforce home. Think about it – less office space, a smaller carbon footprint, and your workers not having to drive into the office (Jul 30, 2008).

I couldn’t make the point any better. OpenaCircle.com illustrates the notion that “going green” isn’t really a notion anymore. It is becoming not a matter of choice, but a matter of sustainability for businesses everywhere. At the end of the day, “alternatives” aren’t simply for those willing to gamble or for those with the luxury of time to test-drive something new. They become part of your bottom line.

The Entrepreneurs' Resource

About ChooseWhat

2 of 2 Comments see all

  1. Ashlie Riessen

    Audio conferencing happens to be a technology that allows communication to happen between two or more persons who may be positioned at locations whose distance may vary from the next living room to another country or continent, and in the space setting, to a space station circulating the earth. The audio conferencing technology makes use of units similar to phones or computing applications.’

    My web site
    <.http://www.caramoantourpackage.com/caramoan-tour-package/

  2. CliffK

    Nice comments, Jennifer! I couldn’t agree more. As many companies do when the economy tanks, they start digging deeper into cost cutting. Doing online meetings has always been a way to save, but it still has costs – until Open A Circle came along. I also understand that they will have recording capability early next year, hence a meeting can have a on-going collaboration, unlike Webex where once the conference call is over, it’s over. Open A Circle refers to this as “persistent collaboration”. One thing for sure is that it not only is “green meetings” at it’s best, but it is also free. Yesterday (Friday), I choose to Openacircle with a client using my web cam and sharing my desktop. Traffic hour starts at 3pm on Friday’s, and I didn’t want to be stuck in traffic going/coming back from my client, so we simply opened a circle (circles are meeting spaces) and had a great meeting. The only negative is that I need to keep my office more tidy when I turn on the web cam! Thanks, OpenACircle.com, for bring something to market that isn’t a 30 day trial!

2 Comments

  1. CliffK

    Nice comments, Jennifer! I couldn’t agree more. As many companies do when the economy tanks, they start digging deeper into cost cutting. Doing online meetings has always been a way to save, but it still has costs – until Open A Circle came along. I also understand that they will have recording capability early next year, hence a meeting can have a on-going collaboration, unlike Webex where once the conference call is over, it’s over. Open A Circle refers to this as “persistent collaboration”. One thing for sure is that it not only is “green meetings” at it’s best, but it is also free. Yesterday (Friday), I choose to Openacircle with a client using my web cam and sharing my desktop. Traffic hour starts at 3pm on Friday’s, and I didn’t want to be stuck in traffic going/coming back from my client, so we simply opened a circle (circles are meeting spaces) and had a great meeting. The only negative is that I need to keep my office more tidy when I turn on the web cam! Thanks, OpenACircle.com, for bring something to market that isn’t a 30 day trial!

  2. Ashlie Riessen

    Audio conferencing happens to be a technology that allows communication to happen between two or more persons who may be positioned at locations whose distance may vary from the next living room to another country or continent, and in the space setting, to a space station circulating the earth. The audio conferencing technology makes use of units similar to phones or computing applications.’

    My web site
    <.http://www.caramoantourpackage.com/caramoan-tour-package/