MAKE Skypecast – not too shabby

MAKE Skypecast – not too shabby

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We tried out the new “Skypecast” – we have around 15 or so people total, with the potential of 100 – overall it worked well. It’s a bit like Xbox Live meets hackery confs from the 90s. When you start a Skypecast, a window pops up and logs in your Skype client. The entire chat is displayed in a HTML page that updates as people come and go. It’s alpha/beta so there are a lot of features missing: There isn’t an indicator of who is talking, you can “mute all” and then unmute each person, along with eject folks, but that’s about it. There isn’t a chat system -as- you’re talking, you could manually do it, but it should just be part of it – but overall, it’s not a bad start, it worked, it’s free, the host can leave and the conf still goes on. We’ll schedule another event soon, so stay tuned!


  • More about Skypecasts here – Link.
  • Screen of Skypecast in progress – Link.

4 thoughts on “MAKE Skypecast – not too shabby

  1. eccramer says:

    I had a lot of fun doing this. I don’t get to talk to other creative folks and makers often, so I hope this becomes a regular thing.

  2. Churba says:

    I like the Expression “Not too shabby”, because it creates the implication of an acceptable level of shabbyness, which is good, because I’m always just on the hairy edge of that line.

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