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Are there any always-on video chat rooms for work?

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awwstn's avatar
almost 2 years ago

Sidekick launched yesterday and seems to be exactly what you're looking for.

5 points
WestonThayer5's avatar
@WestonThayer5 (via Twitter)
2 years ago

I think @Tandem_HQ is exactly this

4 points
DimaKanbanize's avatar
@DimaKanbanize (replying to @WestonThayer5 )
2 years ago

I was going to recommend the same. Product Hunt recently features Tandem in their WFH newsletter and it looks pretty decent + have a limited offer for a lifetime free access in exchange for beta testing.

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@maguay (replying to @WestonThayer5 )
2 years ago

Tandem looks super cool—lets you collaboratively work in shared apps like Google Docs during calls, too.

2 points
tedcarstensen's avatar
2 years ago

For smaller teams Discord has perpetual audio channels that you can join and leave at will, and group DM (also perpetual) can support up to 10 people in video at a time

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @tedcarstensen )
2 years ago

Oh using audio chat is a good idea—and Discord can be a pretty great free Slack alternative on its own.

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago

One option could be a Google Hangouts Meet room, as once you start a call, that meeting link continues working forever. So start a call, share the link in your Slack channel (perhaps put it as the channel description), and then whenever anyone joins the call they'll see anyone else who's joined.

Another option could be Sneak, though I haven't tried it before. Basically lets you start a call with anyone, anytime—though also seems to snap pictures regularly which might not be so great.

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just2jays's avatar
2 years ago

There are a few services that work like the question is describing, an always open/always on video chatroom where people can come and go as they please.
However what is tough to find is one that meets the second criteria, "for work".

I've found that most of these services have been around since long before the COVID-19 quarantine. They've already attracted various different groups, some of which can be NSFW, that you might have to see/sift through on the way to your intended chat.

That said, they're also pretty awesome because they do feel more "real" and organic compared to say Zoom which to me feels more formal, "send an invite about a topic, get in, and get out."

The two that come to mind for me are:

  • Tinychat is popular and has mobile apps
  • EzcapeChat is lesser known but well implemented service
1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @just2jays )
2 years ago

Can you make a room in these apps that's locked down to only the people you invite? If so seems like it could work—if not, though, wouldn't likely be something companies would want to use.

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