BLAB, BLAB, BLAB- LET'S BLAB ABOUT IT! WAIT...
WHAT IS BLAB?
BLAB is a leading edge video chat action on the website blab.im. Up to 4 people can video chat simultaneously as an audience watches, comments and can even instantly switch places with one of the four video chatters. This is at the moderator’s discretion of course. It looks almost Brady Bunch style. I love this idea because it’s a conversation and not a speech or talk the way some things are.
ADVANTAGES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS & ENTREPRENEURS
We want out clients and potential clients to choose us because they like what we do and they like us. So we can have fun and chat with others about a variety of topics and our clients can see who we are. It’s not about planned talks and speeches, it’s about being spontaneous.
Topics: The options are endless! As a photographer doing portraits and photo documentary work, I might want to talk about makeup, hair, what to wear to a shoot, what to wear any day, what it’s like being 57 and changing careers, what it’s like being 57! We might talk about balancing work and home, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I could go on and on. i WILL go on and on. Some of the topics will be very, very important to the audience.
HOW DO I WATCH AND PARTICIPATE?
You sign in with your Twitter credentials. Afterwards, when someone clicks on your name in Blab, they see the handle and bio you've already entered on your Twitter bio.
WHAT IF I MISS AN EPISODE?
What if you miss an episode? It’s recorded! You can watch it later. I'll definitely have them on my YouTube channel and on my website. You miss out on being able to write a comment or to join in on the discussion.
HOW WILL THE MODERATOR KNOW WHO YOU ARE?
Since you sign in with your Twitter credentials, when someone clicks on your name in Blab, they see the handle and bio you've already entered on your Twitter bio.
IS IT SIMILAR TO PERISCOPE?
A similarity between Periscope and Blab is the ability to like someone's video chat box with what Blab calls "feels," which are represented by the familiar "praise" emoji of two hands raised in the air. When you "feel" someone, that person accumulates a larger number of "feels," thus giving new viewers a sense of who the most popular of the four chatters might be. However, those "feels" don't stay with you, they drop back down to zero when you enter a new Blab video chat.
UM, WHAT IF...
What if you really like one of the video chatters, but not all of them? Blab also gives you the ability to mute any or all of the four video chatters. So, for example, if three people are interviewing someone, you can choose to mute the three interviewers and just listen to the answers from the interview subject. That might cause some upset feelings.
WHAT ABOUT FUTURE EPISODES?
Moderators of a Blab video chat can also schedule Blabs for later dates, making the notion of Blab appointment-viewing that much easier. I PLAN TO HAVE A WEEKLY SHOW EVENTUALLY.
MY FUTURE BLAB EXPERIENCES
I WILL BE A GUEST ON TONYA HOFMANN’S FABULOUS TV SHOW March 22 at 1130am. SHE PLANS A BLABATHON!
This will be my first experience with BLAB and I can’t wait! As you can probably figure out, I hope to be starting my own soon. TONYA is founder of Public Speaker's Association and is an author/speaker and so much more. I'm a member of the Public Speaker's Association. PLEASE TUNE IN!
Even as a beta product, Blab is pretty addictive. Hopping from room to room to meet new people (yes, this could also turn into a blind date app of sorts) is pretty fun.
In the meantime, if you want to start convening grand councils on your favorite topics, Blab (beta bugs and all) is the easiest and most social media-friendly solution I've seen. Oh, and the people are really nice, too.
WHAT SHOULD I NAME MY SHOW?
I have some ideas already, but would love to hear some comments- What would a photographer, former nurse, author/speaker and all around go getter entrepreneur name her Blab show? I want it to be something akin to sitting around the kitchen table with coffee or wine with friends-lots of laughter, intriguing ideas, off the wall comments and some REAL talk about REAL things we all deal with.
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