BLUF- (Bottom Line Up Front)
Video means we have to worry about how we look, and more importantly, we have to look interested! It just takes a whole lot more work than audio conferencing. I don’t think ooVoo or any other Video Conferencing scheme will succeed. I speak from experience in working with the Video Conferencing business for nearly 12 years. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.
First what the hell is ooVoo? I’ll let them tell you from their website.
ooVoo is the next evolution in online communication — a remarkably easy way to have a face-to-face video conversation with friends, family or colleagues, no matter where they are in the world.
ooVoo is remarkably easy to use: easy to download, easy to install, and best of all:
ooVoo…now you see!
My background is one of product management and sales of telecom gear. For nearly 12 years I sold equipment to video conferencing vendors as they sold ever cheaper gear to their corporate clients. I was very successful with this, and I made a lot of money. I know some people are going to say that it’s different now because… and I can tell you that I heard that dozens of times. I listened because it meant money in my pockets and success at my job. But I think video battles one basic human drive- laziness.
As I sat in 100th video conference (many years ago) I realized that it was a pain. A telephone conference is so much easier. And I defy anyone to demonstrate anything that can’t be done with a web conference that can be done via video conference. With the exception of showing an immediate “I need proof” image, (and excluding porn.)
With video it’s much harder to feign interest, and much easier to insult than it is via audio. And let’s face it, who hasn’t been on a 9 person conference call, and put the thing on mute and answered a few emails?
No for my money and I wish those involved with ooVoo all of the best luck, and I hope I’m wrong. But don’t ask me to invest much time or money because I’ve seen it before and I don’t think its got anywhere to go. But as I said, I hope I’m wrong, and good luck to my friends at ooVoo.
Tanks for reading,
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