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Using Webconferencing To Hold Family Get-Togethers

Nov 14, 2007
During World War II when Italy was fighting on the side of the Axis, a certain number of American aviators were shot down over Sicily and Southern Italy near Naples. Those that were taken prisoner by the Italians found something interesting ..the welcome mat was out !!! The Italians were so interested in making connections and building friendships with Americans living in Chicago, New Jersey, Rochester, and Pittsburgh that they forgot they were in the middle of a war. Family was family, war or no.

Even the Germans were quick to explore connections across the war zone. Chicago had a huge German population. Again, they were more interested in exploring family connection than fighting a war.

That was way back in 1942. Since then, the world family has expanded beyond belief. In every country, there are people that have friends and relatives living all over the world. A family living in Rochester NY may have close friends and relatives living in Salerno, Italy, Naples, Italy, and many points located elsewhere around the world. Even now, there are huge segments of our population that have relatives in Viet Nam, China, India, Russia, and Korea.

How do they stay in touch? The long distances and high costs of global travel make it impossible. So, they now can do the next best thing. They can set up an electronic "family room." The "family room" is always open. All a family member has to do is log on to the conference, and in three minutes or less, he or she is in the room along with all friends and relatives located all over the world. They can exchange their latest photographs, and even show videos of themselves to all family members. The "family room" is the next best thing to being there in person. Even friends and acquaintances can be invited in, no matter where they live. For example, look at these family events that can be displayed:

Julie living in Rochester NY just had twins. Her husband Steve just took some awesome videos of her in the hospital. Through Secure Webconferencing, the whole family gets into the "family room" to see the new twins and have a celebration, no matter where they are in the world.

Sam just bought a new house in Oakland, New Jersey. With his video camera and Secure Webconferencing, he takes the entire family on a tour of the whole house, especially the swimming pool and the basement rec room. Awesome !!!!!

Jeffery and Linda just got engaged. What better way is there for the whole families of the engaged couple to get together and meet one another than over a "family room" - or maybe more than one "family rooms"

Getting the family together, no matter where they live has never been easier. All you have to do is just sign up with one of the many webconferencing programs that are available today. The program you select will give you the sign up URL and the methods how you can get set up as a Moderator. You can then give all of your family attendees the URL to log into the conference. Your family is good to go !!!
About the Author
Bob Carper is a veteran information systems consultant with an MBA from Pitt. For additional information go to All About Webconferencing or My Power Mall. You may also e-mail Bob at robertcarper06@comcast.net
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