tirsdag 30. juni 2009

ClackPoint Brings Voice, Document Sharing To Google Friend Connect

Over the last six months Google has been ramping up Friend Connect, its social online identity platform that's a direct rival of Facebook Connect (both products opened up to the public last December). Since then Google and third party developers have released a slew of gadgets and features, including the Social Bar, Recommendations, and Comment Translation. One of the latest to join the fray is ClackPoint, a powerful new gadget that integrates realtime text chat, voice conferencing and basic document sharing with Friend Connect.

The gadget works as you'd expect. Clicking on the 'Call' button will activate your microphone, and your voice can then be heard by anyone else in your chat room. Alternatively, you can dial in from a phone to one of the site's dedicated lines (hit the button in the upper right hand corner for a list of numbers). There's also a standard text-based group chat. As far as sharing goes, you can participate in a group-edited notepad, import PDF slides that can be viewed by other chat members, and quickly send out a poll to everyone else in the chat room.You can try out the gadget for yourself here.

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