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personal video conferencingI’m a fan of the online video conferencing feature Google Hangouts, not only for social gathering, but for nearly hassle-free online meetings Tips On Planning & Holding Effective Meetings With Google Hangouts Tips On Planning & Holding Effective Meetings With Google Hangouts With today's Internet technology, holding online meetings can be both efficient and cost-effective especially if you pre-plan them and make use of time-saving tools. For the last couple of months I've participated in online meetings... Read More . However, in my research for other similar services, I stumbled upon a perhaps even better, more elegant service found in Meetings.io.

Meetings.io allows you to meet face-to-face with anyone from around the world within your web browser. But that’s not all, Meetings.io has a creative edge in that you can set up a personalized profile page, with a unique URL for presenting yourself to video conference participants.

You Personal Video Conferencing Room Is Ready

It’s so easy to start a Meetings.io video conference that you don’t even need to register on the site to set up a meeting room. That’s right, you don’t need to register an email account, connect to your social network account, or even provide your real name (that is, unless you want to create a personal profile page, which I will describe below). Just click on the blue “Get a Meeting Room” button of the homepage and you’re a click away from getting started.

Meetings.io instantly sets you up with a unique URL for your meeting room. This URL, of course, can be shared with anyone that you want to quickly meet or hang out with. The site also provides you with an embed code for your website, if it supports such integration.

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One other big plus for Meetings.io is that unlike Google Hangouts, you can actually re-use the same room as many times you want. But if you find Meetings.io useful, you will probably want to register and set up an elegant personal profile page.

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Next, you need to provide, as a guest, your name (or a unique guest name) to enter the meeting room. Once in the meeting room, you will want to check your webcam and also setup with a pair of headphones to avoid background noise and audio feedback.

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The Meeting Room

The video conferencing room of Meetings.io is clean and uncluttered. The top menu items allow you to share links to the room via email, or copy and paste to your social network. Sharing invitations to a meeting room via phone calls, text messaging, and a permanent contact list are additional features that developers indicate will be added.

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Once in the meeting room, you can give it a name and enable permission for others to enter the room upon your approval. This permission feature is especially useful if you share the URL publicly, but you will want to filter who is allowed to enter the room.

Other meeting room features include the ability for participants to share their desktop screen, which can be useful for product and software demonstrations, or anything on your desktop. You can select to share either your desktop, an open window, or an application.

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Different from Google Hangouts, however, each participants in the video conference will need to allow screen sharing on their computer, and only one participant at a time can share their screen with other participants. The process is not as easy as screen sharing in Google Hangouts, but it’s functional.

The meeting room also includes a Chat Panel for instant messages between meeting participants, the ability to share files, and a personal Note Pad for each participant. The room does not, however, include a shared writing document or white board feature.

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Finally, there are also settings for adjusting speaker volume and microphone, and even the ability to switch camera and microphone sources while in the meeting, which means you can connect another camera to your computer to use for, say, product demonstrations.

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Personal Profile Page

The most unique and best feature of Meetings.io is the ability to create a personal profile page along with a permanent URL. You can customize the page with one of a dozen installed backgrounds or add your own.

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And of course you can add a name, subtitle, short biography, your location, and links to your social networks. Your free registered site also includes Meetings Inbox for scheduling meetings ahead of time (a feature that is more difficult to do with Google Hangouts), as well as the ability to re-enter rooms of past meetings.

The personal profile page is like your online office sign or demo room for clients and special requests. It really provides a professional edge for online videoconferencing.

I’m not sure if Meetings.io is as popular as Google Hangouts, but it is certainly more stylish and unique. Let us know what you think of the videoconferencing  site, and what additional features you would like to see added.

  1. macwitty
    April 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Since a lot of my clients/colleagues is not using G+ this might be a good place for video conferences. Looks better than Google hangout

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Macwitty, I totally agree. Meetings.io is a very stylish conferencing service that doesn't require a lot of setup to use. I haven't had a chance to use it much in terms of videoconferencing, but it seems it will work fine. The only issue may be technical computer problems on the part of your clients. If you give it a try, let me know how it works for you.

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