To say that this project has been my life lately is an understatement. My colleagues know it. My friends sense it. And my family feels it - and I thank them for their amazing patience and support. But in the end, I think we've got the makings of a fairly unique project that's bringing together bloggers/podcasters/authors and their respective communities like never before - all in the name of Conversation .
Let me explain.
The project I've been working on is for ooVoo , a crayon client that does video chat - but more than just any video chat. As you can see, it allows up to 6 people to talk at once. Plus with the latest version, you can actually record video conversations. I won't get into all of the details here. If you want to know more, just check out some tutorials & stuff on ooVoo's site.
Our goal with ooVoo is to help build awareness - they're a fairly young startup - and introduce people to what they can do. So we came up with a pretty interesting way for bloggers & podcasters to connect with their communities, face to face. We're calling it "My ooVoo Day With..." and we've got 23 bloggers participating - the list includes:
- Mitch Joel/Six Pixels of Separation
- Steve Hall/AdRants
- Bob Garfield/AdAge & On the Media
- Joseph Jaffe/JaffeJuice
- John Wall & Christopher Penn/Marketing Over Coffee
- Marshall Kirkpatrick/ReadWriteWeb
- Irina Slutsky/GeekEntertainment.tv
- Connie Reece & Susan Reynolds Every Dot Connects / Boobs on Ice
- Chris Thilk/Movie Marketing Madness
- Erin Kotecki Vest/Queen of Spain
- Dave Delaney/Two Boobs and a Baby +
- Jack Myers & Friends/Media Village
- David Meerman Scott/The New Rules of Marketing & PR
- Geoff Livingston/Now Is Gone
- Allan Cox/Your Inner CEO
- George Parker/Madscam
- Scott Sigler
- Chris Brogan
- C.C. Chapman
- Susan Reynolds/Boobs on Ice
- Laura "Pistachio" Fitton
As you can imagine, these are busy people who have little time in general. Well, ooVoo is thanking them by primarily sponsoring the the Frozen Pea Fund, a fund established to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign, in honor of blogger, Twitterer and cancer patient Susan Reynolds. A handful of the hosts have selected their own charities for ooVoo to support as well.
But in the end, this is all about conversation - not about ooVoo, mind you, but about whatever these bloggers and their communities want to discuss. ooVoo is just the enabler. In fact, we're determined to see ooVoo become the "unooficial" sponsor of conversation.
So, how does this work? Check it out:
So, all you have to do is go over to My ooVoo Day With..., download the software (for Mac or PC - both are still in beta), and pick the blogger of your choice. You can sign up for a single session with any of them and chat with them about whatever they've got scheduled.
If you'd like to tell anyone else about it, you can grab some multimedia elements from the social media news release that our partners over at Abraham & Harrison created.
What are you waiting for? ooVoo someone today?
(That was a mouthful just to explain - can you imagine trying to coordinate all of it?)