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    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2008
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    Video conferencing is available for businesses, but it's not widely used. Why bother, after all, when it's easier and more informative to use Powerpoint over a network?
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    Yeah, it should be pretty telling that standard IMing never came close to dropping in usage when video options started improving and showing up everywhere. When my girlfriend was in Australia, using our webcams to see each other while we talked was great. That's about it though. Widespread videophone usage will never happen because there's no widespread desire for it, it's just a nice novelty.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2008
     (3096.23)
    Even picture messaging, it's like when they had those adverts for mobiles with picture messaging on them (doubt they use it in adverts anymore as it's now standard on mobiles), and there'd be a situation with a guy using it in an interesting way, like his mate is trying to give him directions, so he sends him a picture of where he is and his mate texts him back to say where to go from there as if anybody ever has or would use it for that... as if you wouldn't just phone your mate and go 'I'm opposite McDonalds, where do I go?'. There is no use for it that's significantly more useful or practical.
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    The nicest thing that I ever saw someone use Skype for was to set up the video with his wife (he was in a different country at the time). They put it next to their respective beds and went to sleep with just the ambient little sounds of each other for company.

    So perhaps that is one use for it, some sort of ambient 'being there' with other people. In relation to other threads, it isn't time-shifted in any way and is immediate and tends not to be archived and perhaps that is one of the reasons that people don't use it as much as they use, for example, Seesmic.
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008
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    Reminds me of how I'd call my high school girlfriend on her cell and listen to her breathe while she did her math homework or something. Sound romantic? It was actually pretty retarded.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008
     (3096.26)
    @Reynolds - it's funny, I was using Skype with my girlfriend on video, and she was alone in the house, and she went away to another room and came back, and she said it was strange, because having Skype on it felt kind of like there was someone else in the house. Couples are the only people I can really see being that interested in it, apart from rare occasions when it does actually help to be able to see the other person. Apart from my girlfriend I'm not really fussed about being able to see the person on the other end.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008
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    me and a collaborator on a comic open up Microsoft messenger and show our webcams to each other, so she can show me what she's drawing as she works on it, and I can have my hands free to type and sketch while we kibbitz about our work.
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    I guess there was also that one very special episode of House where they used a webcam to try to save the pretty researcher lady stationed in Antarctica. So there's that...