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5 Must-Have Online Meeting Tools

In today’s world, people are increasingly collaborating and communicating via the Internet. From the comfort of your home, you can have a meeting in real-time with people in different parts of the globe. However, being able to have an online meeting or web conference requires the right tool with appropriate features. Here are some of the best tools available:

See also: 7 Ways to Properly Participate in Video Conferences

1. MeetingBurner

MeetingBurner is a free online meeting tool which requires no downloads to use. You can host a meeting directly on your browser. It comes with features such as one click recording and sharing, conference lines, and Skype integration. After your meetings, MeetingBurner provides automatic analytics which will show you how attendees engaged with your content. Its user-friendly interface and fast load times have made it popular with many users all over the world.

2. Meetin.gs

This tool allows you to set up and host meetings within less than a minute. If you want to create a new meeting, you can do so conveniently using a bookmarklet. Besides creating and hosting meetings yourself, Meetin.gs also allows you to involve participants in creating and editing meetings. In addition, participants can share notes and other materials through email. This tool offers you the option of a free and a pro account.

3. Yugma

This is a great service for hosting web conferences and online meetings. In addition, Yugma is useful for collaborating with others and sharing your screen. It comes with a free version as well as five paid plans. The free version allows you to host a web conference with up to two participants, and for a maximum of one hour. It comes with features such as annotations, Skype integration, public and private chat, audio conferencing, quick polls, and whiteboarding tools.

4. WebEx

This is an amazing service that allows you to host unlimited meetings. WebEx comes with features such as phone conferencing, high quality video, and mobile access. This means that you can host and attend meetings even when on the move. You can view up to six webcams on your screen at a time and host up to 25 participants. The collaboration tools for annotation, note taking and whiteboarding make WebEx ideal for working with groups. This service comes with a 14-day trial period, after which you are required to pay a monthly fee.

5. Twiddla

Twiddla lets you markup images, graphics and websites, among others, via a whiteboard. As a result, it can be a very useful service for groups which want to collaborate. It comes with other features such as image, document and meeting sharing, conference calls, voice chat, and screen captures. The best thing about Twiddla is that there are no signups, downloads or plugins required to use the service. It comes with a free account and three paid plans.

See also: Conference Call Etiquette - Video

These are just some of the tools which can be used for online meetings. Compare the different options and find one that suits your business needs. Other alternatives you might want to consider include micromobs, GoToMeetingSync.in, Vyew, ShowDocument . If you know of any other tools not listed here, feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

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