Video calling is definitely the next step in communication, but for business, it’s a step too far. Or, at least in some instances. When I’m at home, the last thing I want is a complete stranger having a live video stream of my living room. Google see things differently and want to bring yoga lessons, home improvement advice and customer service right to your laptop with their new web app.
Its name? ‘Helpouts from Google‘.
The idea seems so revolutionary to Google that they think the service could rival ‘How To’ videos on YouTube or text based guides. Unfortunately, their shiny new offering has some fundamental flaws that could be off setting to many users. Lets take a look.
Remote working definitely has its advantages. That’s an assertion I can back up with my own experience, not least in terms of my writing for AppStorm. The opportunity to work anywhere within range of a Wi-Fi signal provides wonderful freedom, and the lack of workplace distractions can make a significant, positive difference to productivity.
Not that it’s perfect, by any means. One of the key challenges of employment-by-broadband is trying to work with a team. An on-site employee or employer needs only to get up and walk a few steps to give or receive feedback, share ideas, or simply have a chat at the water-cooler. Of course, those of us who work from afar do not have that luxury. It’s not surprising, then, that there are plenty of video-calling and instant messaging options aimed at suiting the needs of geographically spread business teams.
Whilst no online platform can replace the instantaneous, spontaneous communication available in person, the next best thing, in my view, is a chat platform which works swiftly and efficiently. New beta collaboration service Fleep is aiming to provide just that, together with productivity aids such as file sharing. Fleep is up against some tough competition though (we’re all very impressed with Slack here at AppStorm, for example), but can it shine through?
Creating a personal website can wind up being more trouble than its worth. And as for maintaining one? Well, things can get expensive. Even a basic set-up of a simple blog is likely to lack luster in the design department.
You could use WordPress or Blogger as a free alternative, sure. But Storyboard.me offers something much more stylish, chic and powerful for telling the world who you are.
The company aim their service as individuals and small business who want to portray who they are and what their brand stands for. It’s already becoming a hit with artists and writers, but would it work for you? (more…)
It continues to amaze me how people are now able to collaborate with each other and work on a project or business together and not be in the same space, state, or even country. The power of the web has been able to bring people together like never before. It continues to fascinate me how this works and that it is actually producing good results.
Collaborate, the web app that I am reviewing today, does exactly what its name says. It gives you the power of the web to collaborate with others, whether it be on a work project or something else where you need to communicate over the web. I was very interested in it because in my work as an online educator, I have teachers that are in many different areas of our state and some that are even out of state. This platform gives me the ability to communicate with them and to be able to work together effectively as if we were right there working in the same office. I was eager to try it out to see how it would work and whether or not this would be a long term solution for our group.
Back in the old days, when you were working on a project, all team members had to be on location in order to work together, share ideas, and perform tasks. That was an age of face-to-face interactions where things without one’s physical presence were not possible to do. But thanks to the advent of the internet, people who are in different parts of the world can easily connect with one another. Resultantly, collaboration between individuals who are far apart is made possible by the internet.
However, such remote online collaboration can soon become difficult to manage if the number of team members involved is large. The project leader can quickly lose track of emails and find it difficult to remember which task was assigned to whom. Sharing ideas is another process that suffers. In short, online collaboration can be a big mess if it is not handled properly. Fortunately, you can indeed handle it properly using a web service called Ginger. (more…)
Do you remember when you got your driver’s license? Do you remember being happy that day about finally passing the driving test? Perhaps you do. Or you are perhaps like me and many others who like good memories and treasure them but cannot quite fully recall them.
That is the problem that many of us have. We cannot save that feeling we feel during our good times unless we have pictures of those times to remind us of the pleasure. That is, of course, the whole point of the pictures, reminders, and status messages that we so eagerly post online.
Unfortunately, the social networks we use are not targeted towards private people who want to have a special group of people with whom to share their special memories. A pleasant exception however is an excellent web service called Memrify. (more…)