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Is Zoom still the best? What's your favorite video calls app?

After a year in which everything possible seemed to happen over Zoom, the video chat app's name is cemented in our lexicon—enough that "Zoom Fatigue" is the default name for feeling tired after one too many meetings.

It's a sharp change from the decades of Skype and GoToMeeting's dominance. And is it one that will stick?

What does your team default to for video calls today? Have you stuck with Zoom, or switched to something else? Or did you stay with an older video call app all along—and if so, what's kept you using it instead of Zoom?

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benkbturner's avatar
a year ago

I've become a big fan of Around (https://www.around.co/). It's not a complete replacement for Zoom, but a helpful alternative that's currently free to use and allows for a little bit more customization and fun

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@maguay (replying to @benkbturner )
a year ago

Oh wow, I hadn't heard of Around before. Looks similar to the Pitch presentation app's tiny video chat icons that follow you around while working—except here, looks like that same concept would work in any app. Are you using it for all your meetings now?

1 point
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@benkbturner (replying to @maguay )
12 months ago

Hi @maguay - I'm a student, so I'm not a great example of a use case. I just find it's really refreshing to use something other than Zoom (or as my institution chooses, BlueJeans, which is quite bad).

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@maguay (replying to @benkbturner )
12 months ago

Gottcha, that makes sense!

1 point
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@crapbaskets (replying to @benkbturner )
12 months ago

nice

1 point
patelmonika9's avatar
4 months ago

In my opinion Troop Messenger and Slack are my favorites as video calling apps.

Troop Messenger has a cattle call feature similar to the video calling app. Its Cattle Call video conferencing integration will take away the distance between your team members with its flawless face-to-face conversations.

As you all guys know, Slack video chat has been a core part of the Slack experience since 2016, making it possible to have one-to-one and group video calling. If you are interested in slack free plan then you may not get the option of one-on-one video calling feature.

4 points
sahanlak's avatar
a year ago

Used to be zoom a lot, now the software depend on the person who’s hosting the meeting and I mostly get invites for google meet, slack and zoom, sometimes MS Team's. Looks like after more than an year of remote working people have found the best one for them.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @sahanlak )
a year ago

Ahh yeah that makes sense—it's whatever's on the calendar invite, which is Google Meet by default with Google Calendar.

After using all of them, do you have a preference for one over the other, or find whatever's available works for you?

1 point
matt-hartley's avatar
a year ago

On the recent side, we've been using Google Meet and Huddl.ai (https://www.huddl.ai/) internally, and Zoom externally.

A potentially non-obvious consideration is that many companies only allow their employees to use a specific video call app, but Zoom is now so universal that, even if that isn't their primary app, they're likely allowing it.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @matt-hartley )
a year ago

Ahhh great point on Zoom being the default "generic" option now.

How have you found Huddl.ai so far, compared to Meet + Zoom?

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bastien_vairet's avatar
a year ago

I could mention whereby (https://whereby.com/), livestorm (https://livestorm.co/) and remotion (https://www.remotion.com/).
More early and innovative projects, I am following huddle01 (http://huddle01.crypto/#/ — need Opera or Brave to access because on blockchain).

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@maguay (replying to @bastien_vairet )
a year ago

Wait: It's blockchain powered video calls? What part of the call is powered by the blockchain?

1 point
bastien_vairet's avatar
@bastien_vairet (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

I do not think so. I think it is a video call service whose website is hosted on a blockchain domain name.

1 point
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