Tim recommended we take a look at Join.me as a facilitation tool. So we did.
Having played with the free version for a while we have come to the conclusion it is pretty good for getting your message out there.
However, for the sort of physical / virtual meetings we have been playing with, we find it falls short.
What Join.me is good at:
- Share your desktop with selected others giving each person a unique code.
- a large number of others can view your desktop (100+)
- Open a voice over IP channel with those sharing the view of your screen
- Instant messaging facility for text chat.
- The capability to transfer the broadcast to others
What Join.me would be ideal for:
- Broadcasting your thoughts to an attentive community.
- Delivering a training session
- Communicating a presentation or webinar
When we’ve tested Join.me in a group we have found its design tends to suppress two-way dialogue as whoever controls the visuals tends to dominate the group.
Therefore we would see Join.me as a useful tool for giving information rather than promoting true exchange of information between peers. It is a broadcast tool rather than a dialogue tool. Provided you understand this, it will work very well for you.