Last month, we did some research to understand what drives video chat use. Check out the whole report here – highlights below:
- 44% of respondents have used video chat before, most of which use Skype (82%)
- 75% would be interested in online medical/therapy services over video, if offered
- 56% would be likely to take a class with video chat
- 1 in 10 work remotely as a direct result of being able to video chat with colleagues
- Women are 2x more interested than men in asking for assistance via video chat while shopping online
- 47% would video chat with others while watching online TV shows together
- Only 7% would use it to chat with people they don’t know
Why do you video chat today, and what do you think is the best use of video chat in future? Tell us on twitter @tokbox
Tequila sunrise making robot.
We hosted Music Hack Day (our 2nd time!) at our homey little office last weekend.
We had a blast, and looks like most people did too.
TriviaTok is a game show app designed and built by TokBox superintern, Ezra Velazquez.
How It Works:
Game is about to begin!
When the host clicks “Next Player”, a user in the audience is randomly selected and goes on screen to video chat with the host. The rest of the audience gets to watch. “Next Question” kicks off the game. The player can pick the right (or wrong) answer – or get help:
- PHONE lets you call a friend (Twilio Client)
- CROWD lets you tweet for help (Twitter API)
- 50/50 eliminates two wrong answers (Ezra’s skillz)
It’s hard to tell when it’s summer in San Francisco, but here at TokBox you know it’s summer when everyone’s a-video chatting. This July, lots of new OpenTok developers decided to dip their toes in the warm, inviting pool of group video chat. (not sure why…) Here are some of our favorite examples:
Group/Social Video Chat
Friend Cameo: Voice, video calling and video mail on Facebook
SocialHangouts: G+ Hangouts meets FB Video Calling with multi-user video chat
Tanglr.TV: Group co-viewing of online live events
EpicMafia: Online Mafia game – with video to look ‘em in the eyes
We are thrilled – thrilled! – for our friends at Hoot.Me, who made it into the inaugural batch of NYC startups in DreamIt Venture’s accelerator program. Hoot.Me brings video conferencing (yes, with OpenTok, *blush*) to study groups on Facebook and makes it even better with smart (text) chat and screen sharing in the browser. (More about why we love them so much here.)
We’re going to be at TechCrunch Disrupt and want to meet more big-dreaming entrepreneurs like Michael and Sid at Hoot.Me. We hear there are a bunch of you in NYC. Come find us at our booth to see if OpenTok can be leveraged to fulfill the key value proposition of your application (or hang out and say hi, whichever).