Thursday, April 23, 2009

Echo Box

Last night Sara, Scott, and myself hopped on a little website called to check it out.

I heard from my good friend Ron that Tok Box was a site where you can hold video chat rooms. I thought it would be a cool idea to try a diabetes meet up online but wanted to test it out first with a few people.

The site was pretty straight forward and the video quality was a lot better then I thought it would be. After figuring out that we all needed headphones on to kill the echo from our speaker sound being caught by our mic which in turn came through the speakers which was picked up again by the mic who came through the speakers again…(That is the formula for insane echo) and there is always the buffering factor that tmana informed me about because she is awesome like that. ;)

Sara noticed that we could Tweet an invite right from the chat room. We sent a tweet and BAM, people started to join in.


Rachel, Windy, Kelly, Ninnifur, Major Bedhead, Cherise, Jaimie, Amy, tmana, Landileigh, Tim, and Mike were all in there are one point. It was awesome and a lot crazy because the echo was out of control.

Tim (aka "The Most Awesome, Feared, and Revered Timbabetic") snapped a cool picture from his desktop. Check it out.

And hopefully Sara will have some video up. I saw that idea on her brain. : )

I hope to plan more Diabetes meet-ups online like this. It felt so good to hang out and meet so many of my online friends. I know we cannot all travel the globe to meet up in real life and this was almost as cool as a real life meet up.

Having Diabetes made me feel alone for so long and this was another way to bring this community a little closer. I hope we can do this again.

I have to say……

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k2 said...

Lot of echoes though - sounded like we were under the sea so to speak
I have some pics from my cell,(damn camera battery was charging) &plan on posting them later!

JaimieH said...

really a cool website! fun to see everyone...I took a pic but it was before even I got on there

too much fun!

Sara said...

That is an awesome shot! I know exactly when it was taken by the look on my face.

I guess this was before I accidently flashed the group too! It is apparently not a good idea to carry your laptop around the house with you if the webcam is on! :)

Yes, I hope to get the video up tonight because if it's not - I will be out of town until Monday :(

rachel said...

I think I was the only one who actually saw Sara's wardrobe malfunction.

Very much enjoyed! (not her wardrobe malfunction, the video chat in general.)

ninnifur said...

I loved it too!

I especially love this picture! I'm just laughing. Classic!

I wish someone would have taken the picture when you guys were all "poking" eachother! That was amazing.

Scott said...

Sounds fun ... you might contact Gina Capone (DiabetesTalkFest) about it, too. It could be very cool. Keep us all posted!

Anonymous said...

yeah rachel was the only one who saw Sara's wardrobe malfunction, but she did tell us all about it!

oh and we saw the Sara cooking show at 11:30 at night as she baked a cake.

kittys were held up to admire.

it was a fun night!

loved seeing and talking to all of you!

Allison said...

Aw man, I can't believe I missed out! I guess this is even more of a reason for me to go out and buy a mic for my Macbook!

Gina said...

If I were alive last night and not jetlagged I would have loved to have joined!! Could this be the next step for DTF!!!!!


Scott K. Johnson said...

It was so incredible. I tell you, a video chat meeting is the next best thing to meeting IRL. I was just thrilled about it!

Good find my friend, good find.

damon billian said...

Thanks for checking out Tokbox! Sorry about the echo....we really do recommend that folks use headsets to get rid of echo.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Whoa... Tokbox found your blog entry!

CALpumper said...

I am SOOOOOOOO Jealous!
I want in!!!

Please let me know when you will do this next, please please please!!!

Thanks for posting about it George. This is Beyond Awesome!!!!!!!!

Karen said...

Oh how very cool!!!! Count me in for the next one, definitely.

Caro said...

Wow, this looks like great fun! Any chance of setting a chat up on a weekend, so I can work around the 5-8 hour time difference between me and most of you?

George said...

Ok so the plan right now is to have a D- Tok Box Meetup on Sunday night at 9PM EST/ 6 PM PST.

I'll tweet an invite from the room and post a link here when the room is created!

CALpumper said...

I have it on my calendar.
SOOOO looking forward to this, thanks a mil George!!!!!

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