Score one for the good guys.
Alec Saunders, CEO of iotum and the guy who helped me gain industry wide exposure, will be launching the much anticipated Calliflower conference calling service based on his wildly popular Free Conference Calls Facebook application on Wednesday.
The Calliflower conference call service is slick.
Featuring a well designed web interface that acts as an interactive dashboard that makes organizing and participating in multi-party calls simple and engaging, CalliflowerÂ extends beyond traditional calling by providing unique, comprehensive and easy-to-use tools at no extra cost. Some of these tools include:
- Caller visualization: See names, pictures and caller status in real time as everyone joins, participates and leaves the call. Callers are identified as they join the call, with their names and (if desired) pictures. The status of their lines (mike open, closed, hand raised to ask a question) is also visible to everyone.
- Intuitive conference controls: Participants can access conference controls, the live wall and more from a simple Web interface.
- Interactive chat: Participants can engage in a group chat before, after and during the call to share information without interrupting the flow of conversation. From sharing a link or an image to asking a relevant question, the multiparty IM opens a second channel for participants to have richer and more engaging calls.
- Call archives: Handouts, agendas and links to files can remain accessible to the right people, long after the call is over.
- Invitations and reminders: Receive call invitations and reminders by e-mail or SMS with all the information moderators and participants need.
- Easy calendar integration: Manage call invitations, updates and RSVPs with an attached iCal that integrates with any major calendar solution.
- PINless connectivity: The participating callerâ€™s phone number becomes the personal PIN, which seamlessly connects callers to every call from anywhere.
- MP3 recordings: Moderators can record any call from the Web interface or from the phone. Recordings are available to every participant as MP3 files seconds after the conference is over or the recording is stopped.
I have had the opportunity to use this system, via Facebook numerous times. There is not really anything like it on the market and it was the only Facebook application I proactively used.Â As someone who is on conference calls all day long, this is certainly a service that would improve the overall productivity of these calls. The only thing that can make this better would be the ability to private label or co-brand for more extensive corporate use.
So, if you are looking for “conference calls 2.0”, take a look at Calliflower when it launches on Wednesday.