The social networking phenomenon has come a long way in effectively connecting people and allowing them to share their thoughts, views, opinions and gripes with the rest of their world. It was just a matter of time for business analysts to realize the great potential that this service has been hiding. Using social networking sites to create personal virtual spaces where the concerned members can meet up and share their thoughts, knowledge and information is now an unbelievably effective option available to us.
Apart from being mostly free for use, these tools provide an easy way to communicate effectively among peers, and also offer adequate security too. Here are some of the notable online tools and services you may want to opt for.
Google+ and Its Hangouts Feature
Hangouts is a feature that’s part of the Google+ services and allows you to create virtual meeting places called hangouts. Hangouts has several nifty tools that allow you to communicate simultaneously. For instance, there's the chat feature that allows group chatting to occur concurrently. You can share your desktop screen with the other members of the hangout and that allows them to view exactly what you are viewing on your own screen, allowing you to easily make presentations without the need for any additional tools. The hangouts are also integrated with Google Docs, the online cloud storage feature available to all Google app users. You can initiate a document within the hangout, if needed, right from the options available near the chat window.
Facebook with its Video Calling Services
Facebook has been touted as the number one time waster for productive environments, but that could all change with the introduction of video calling feature. Facebook Video Calling is the result of the collaboration of Facebook with Skype‘s excellent video calling and conferencing software. The video calling option has been integrated with the chat window directly, and allows you to make a video call with anyone who is on Facebook, and has set up a video camera and a microphone. If the call recipient has not yet set them up, Facebook prompts them to do so after notifying them of your invite for the video call.
Apart from the above-mentioned online apps, Calliflower is another online app that comes to mind. It allows for conference calling and document sharing, and supports not just the PC platform but is also compatible with the iPhone.