How would you like to talk live by voice and video to fellow aquarium hobbyists and your internet forum buddies, see everyones aquarium live, and speak to a recognized expert? I am organizing such an event via Skype. You need the following:
- internet broadband connection, (DSL, cable)
- Skype internet phone service
- internet video camera
- a microphone or internet headset
Skype is an intertnet phone service that is super easy to use, and very cheap. I pay a whooping 3 dollars per month for unlimited calling. I think the rate iis now 6 dollars a month for new subscribers. I got a headset for 20 dollars from Amazon, and a video camera for 30 dollars. If you do not have a video camera, you can still be in on the conference call for voice only.
The first conference will be on low tech planted aquariums, and hopefully there will be at least one surprise guest.
How it works:
You get on my Skype friends list and become part of the “group”. At the determined time I initiate the group call and every group member is called at the same time. Once each person has picked up the call everyone is live and the conference begins. There will be a few rules for everyone to follow to keep the discussion in order and give everyone an opportunity to speak or ask a question. We will do a trial call first to see how it all works.
How to join
To get started, email me with your Skype “name” to be added to my Skype friends list and group. I will email you further instructions. Meet new and old friends in a more personal way, learn how to make your hobby more sucessful, see how others do it, and talk live to experts! Recorded voice versions of the conference will be available to group members after the call. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get this started! We need at least ten people. The target date for the first broadcast is September 25th, so lets get going! Feel free to post this on any other web site.