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Respected Contributor

Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

carehart - Glenn is good about taking suggstions from these dicusssions back to the design team. 

 

The big issue here is that GoToWebinar was never designed to be a tool where the attendees chatted, and in the 10 years I have been a GoTo user, I have never needed that feature.

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

Glenn, I don't the correction of Ash's post Did you meant to but forgot?
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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

Chris, thanks, but just to be clear, the goal is not so much that they can "chat with each other", if by that you may mean "to each other privately". This is about them being able to "chat publicly", among themselves and to (and in clear view of) the presenter.

As others have said, it is indeed a feature of other webinar tools, including variants of GTW, as he kindly noted. It's also typical of other social media these days. Sure, some eschew it (as too much to keep up with), while others cherish the additional engagement it affords.

And I can say that, as a presenter and organizer of hundreds of webinars, it's been valuable and workable far more often than not.

So I get that it's not a use case you see. I'm sure there may be features you/others use, or wish for, that some others would never use. And I get especially that lots of people need to request something before it may be considered.

I'm just saying this request is not so outlandish as it seems you may be positioning it. :-)
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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

carehart - I agree this would be a good feature for many GTW users.

 

I remember one time last year when we did need the audience to chat during a webinar and we used Padlet.  This worked well for the live audience in the auditorium as well as the folks attending via GTW.

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

Hi @carehart -  we do hear you!  I too agree that what you are suggesting would be a useful feature to have available for organizers to utilize if they wish.  I have tagged your recent post as an idea and it will be passed along to engineers for consideration.  Thank you for the feedback!

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

Thanks, very much.
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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

I could see some wanting this option but our group wouldn't so as long as it was a feature we could turn on or off, that's great. For our CE activities we don't see the need for attendees to communicate with eachother.

Thanks

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

For 95 percent of our webinars our Attendees do not need to communicate with each other.

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

We just switched to GoToWebinar and didn't realize attendees couldn't chat between each other.  We would definately use this feature

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Re: I need attendees to be able to chat with each other, but I don't see how.

Agree, this isn't something we'd want. Because of our education it's more important the attendee focus on the content from the faculty