Today was a special meeting of Sun stockholders
. The question on the table: whether to approve the merger whereby Oracle acquires Sun.
I decided to "snapcast" the event live, using a free web-based application call G-Snap!
I've blogged about g-snap! before but in the last few months they've done a fair amount of improvement to the interface. It's really slick and full-featured now.Click here to view the event
log for the snapcast, so you can see what I typed and the comments people made. Password: sunvote.
There was good news and bad news about the snapcast. The good news: over 50 people joined the event with only about 30 minutes' notice, and the interface worked like a charm. I was able to upload photos to the event live, so people could see what the auditorium looked like, the meeting agenda, and a bomb-sniffing dog outside the premises.
The bad news: I was approached by an official in the auditorium who nicely instructed me to turn off my computer during the meeting. I was assured the meeting would be brief, and indeed it was. Total elapsed time: about 8 minutes.
Nonetheless, I came away from the event eager to try G-Snap! again for something like this. I thought of using my twitter account
to tweet as the event went along, but I would have lost the sense of community. By snapcasting, I was able to send live updates just as I would with twitter, but I also had the benefit of others being able to "tweet" live as well, bringing everybody together. It's a lot more cumbersome to try to arrange that via twitter, but with G-Snap! it was trivially easy to do.
Maybe the Oracle stockholders meetings will allow photos and live blogging. We'll have to see about that.
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