Always wanted to host a public or private community conference call on the internet, enable live chat, and podcast the conversation afterward? Maybe not, but now you can. Like other web-based audio and video platforms, talkshoe.com has filled a need we didn’t know we had.
Launched in 2006, the site started gaining popularity last year as a new interactive podcasting tool. How does it work? As TalkShoe execs describe it, “Community calling uses the phone, cell phone or VoIP to enable group conversations between anyone, anywhere, anytime, allowing people to host and record interactive community calls on any topic.” Users on the site can see your “live call” and choose to participate either via chatroom or phone, or you can invite people you know. TalkShoe also integrates social networks, including Facebook, Meebo, and Ning.