LDV Throwback Thursday: Party Lines!


We are getting to the point where we take group video meetings for granted. People in 5 locations need to meet up? No problem, we can jump into my VMR or yours. But it wasn’t always so easy.

By the 1990s conference calls were available for business, but a novelty for most people. In fact it was such a novelty that people paid per minute to talk to groups of strangers on the phone with party line services. And video wasn’t even an option.

Today we are seeing a much more exciting and fun version of party lines with things like public Google Hangouts. People are starting up video meetings to discuss various topics, and letting anyone join. It’s the 2015 version of the Party Line, but on video and without any costs.

Have you participated in a public Google Hangout or social group video chat with friends? Let us know how it went in the comments below.


About Author

David Maldow is the Founder & CEO of Let's Do Video and has been covering the visual collaboration industry, and related technologies, for over a decade. His background includes 5 years at Wainhouse Research, where he managed the Video Test Lab and evaluated many of the leading solutions at the time. David has authored hundreds of articles and thought pieces both at Telepresence Options, where he was managing partner for several years, as well as here at Let's Do Video. David often speaks at industry events and webinars as well as hosting the LDV Video Podcast.

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