My POV friends and confidants,
I took Tossing Thabeets’ (best screen name ever) suggestion and ditched Skype which required all parties join Skype in order to communicate.
Instead we will use a hosting site named Bluejeans.com. and it is as simple as can be. All a caller has to do is dial the websites regular phone number and then enter a 10 digit “Meeting’s unique ID code” and the screen will ask you what name you want to use then Hey Presto! you are in the discussion group.
You can also get into the discussion just by clicking on a link I will provide you via email or via the POV comments section…
Here is the Bluejeans.com front page and at the top you will see a bar that looks like this over toward the right side:
You’ll click on the “Join Meeting” box and that will start you into the below process.
Before you do that I will have sent an email, text or posted the meeting’s ID number. An example of you’re using your computer is that I will either send you an email, text or post this link:
https:/bluejeans.com/5713314009 (that last number was our session’s unique ID # from last evening – it changes with every meeting). Do that and you are in Bluejeans.
Truly is as easy as pie (fingers crossed)… Then:
The screen above will appear and in a caller’s case you would click on the bottom circle on the left “Enter meeting ID” then you should come to this screen.
Then you should see the screen below.
I put a red dot next to the “Camera on” question because if you don’t want to be seen by others you will click ‘off’. I put a green dot next to “Microphone on” because you want to keep that ‘on‘ if you want to talk to the group.
If you don’t want to be heard but want to listen-in real-time I believe you can click the microphone ‘off’ and still hear the session as it is playing out – but then you can join in the discussion at any time by clicking your mic back to ‘on’..
I think it is as easy as that. Ike was gracious enough to spend part of the day testing both Skype and Bluejeans and we agreed that Bluejeans is a better forum.
Here is a link to their video tutorials.
You guys don’t have to download the bluejeans app if you don’t want to – you can get into the meeting by the above steps. But the Bluejeans rep I talked to said that if you are going to be doing it all the time then the app is easier.
I downloaded in onto my computer because I’ll be doing it at least weekly. Bluejeans is a monthly subscription and I’m on a 14 day trial period so if today and this evening go well then I’ll buy it. With your donation money of course and thanks again for that.
What I am shooting for is trying to see if I can get to the point where we have a Pitt football discussion and readers can listen to it real-time on the Pitt POV site like internet radio – and I think we can do that soon.
So what I’ll do right now is start a Bluejeans Pitt POV meeting with myself as the Moderator and I’ll leave it open while I write an actual football article for posting later this afternoon.
I will now post the meeting link with the unique ID # and then also post call-in phone number with the unique call-in 10 digit code in the first comments block.
I’ll keep it up for an hour or two so that you guys can test it for your use during lunch if you want. If all works well we’ll do a call-in show at 8:00 pm this evening. If I leave my desk for any reason I’ll put that in a comment also for when I leave and when I come back.