Seeking opinions on the pros and cons of various telepresence tools

by mingyuan1 min read5th Apr 20204 comments

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In this weird new age of social distancing, everyone is scrambling to figure out how to continue working and having a social life over the internet. There are a lot of platforms and tools out there, and it's hard to know which to choose. This has already been the subject of some discussion on LW. There's a Wikipedia article that compares the offerings of different web conferencing software, and plenty of listicles claiming to rank the best ones, but even after reading those, I don't feel like I have a grasp on the landscape.

So I'm seeking contributions to a publicly editable Google Doc where people can give their subjective impressions of the tools they have personal experience with. You can read and contribute here.

I’ve made a general outline, but I only have personal experience with a few of the tools, so I was only able to flesh out a few parts. I'd really appreciate anything you can add - whether it's anecdotes, hard data, or just cursory bullet points. Feel free to also make organization changes or add new platforms to the list. The eventual goal would be to publish on LW; if I can get enough contributions to make this worth publishing, I'd probably also include a table with important stats like limits on call participants, bandwidth (or whatever the relevant thing is there, I'm not a programmer), pricing, etc. Let me know if you have questions!