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The creation of the internet has changed the world dramatically on so many levels. So much so that people use it to communicate with individuals and groups over great distances on a regular basis in real time. This new level of communication has become indispensable to the information age. It started with simple text-based chat rooms, which later evolved into visual chat rooms using icons and avatars to represent individual users. Later, webcams and programs that enabled file sharing and face-to-face communication became commonplace.
Today, communication over the internet has further evolved, and allows people to do business by illustrating their presentations, while being able to interact with their audience and answer questions in real time. In order to help organizations use internet-based conferencing more effectively we need to educate companies and organizations on the potential benefits it can bring and how they can apply it to their operations.
In order to help organizations use internet-based conferencing more effectively, the first step is to give them an understanding on what it is, and what basic capabilities they share in common. The standard features with almost all conferencing programs are integrated instant messaging and e-mail notifications that allow users to organize one-on-one sessions or small group meetings. Also, many programs utilize webcams and VoIP (Voice-over-IP) that allow users to see and talk with each other.
Second, there are so many benefits to using internet-based conferencing that organizations need to know about. Not only can it be used as a tool to communicate with clients, but it can be used to greatly help educate school students and help answer their homework questions outside of the classroom. “This could be useful when the instructor is unable to come
to campus to hold regular class periods or when the campus is closed due to bad weather or an...