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blabHave you heard of Blab? The new live streaming platform that allows you to host your own online video show. You can view my recorded session below. I was checking it out to see if it could be used for training. I think there are some pros can cons. I was fortunate enough to have two strangers jump in and join me so that was fun! One was a geologist from El Salvador #geoxarli who was new to Blag as well. He seeks out volcanoes. I told him not to bother with coming to Chicago where I live. The other person was #ERJServices she was checking it out to see if she could use this format for a live session for CPA’s and giving tax advice.

Here is my list of pros and cons

Pros

  • Free
    Open to a variety of attendees
    Records show for free
    Allows for collaborative discussions
    Host has control
    Ties to social media easily
    Shows a map of where people are located globally while you are in your session
    Helps build your social media connections
    Will publish recording to YouTube (not sure where it went though)

Cons

  • I couldn’t tell how to join a session I had previously scheduled so just joined a new session live
    Took me three times to get into my own session
    Not private, from what I can tell you can’t restrict who enters your session. You can restrict who you make as a co-host
    Can’t share your desktop or other applications on your computer

All in all I think this is a great alternative to Periscope or Google Hangouts