2y ago

Video hangout?

Hi! What's the idea behind the video hangout space? how can you imagine people using it? I'm intrigued but also not sure how it's different than scheduling a session on the calendar --- what was your vision for it?

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(edited) 2y ago

Hey ! We noticed there was a mix with how communities were interacting via live video. Some prefer to set up sessions and events in advance, whereas others trend towards more spur of the moment-style hangouts. Others like a mix of the two, and we were keen to give communities the freedom to do both within Outverse.

We're seeing lots of interesting use cases emerging with our video spaces including impromptu AMAs, work-alongs, 'drop-in' hangouts & more.

Look forward to hearing further feedback on the feature from you!

2y ago

Cool! Can I ask how the Notifications work in that case? Seems like for a spontaneous gathering to take place all members have to be notified right when it's happening?

2y ago

Good question!

If there are people within a video space, that's made visible next to the space name – like below:

This means that anyone browsing in the community will be able to see that the space is currently active.

We are evolving our notifications system further (see here) & are exploring opt-in notifications for video spaces too as part of that. In the future, there will also be mobile push notifications to help with this 😁

2y ago

Glad you asked. I sat in this room for a bit to see if anyone noticed.

2y ago

Yeah I'm still not exactly sure how this is meant to work unless a community is large enough and there are enough active members logged in at the same time AND just sitting in the hangout room? I remain CURIOUS about it, for sure, but I'm still not exactly certain of its functionality? maybe it's been used in other places, though, and I just haven't experienced it myself.

In my former community I had set up a 24-hr community zoom room that people could use together. It required, though, lots of things to work out - including people posting they'd be in there, others SEEING that post almost immediately, and then being free to hop in spontaneously.

I liked the idea ---- just hard to figure out how to make it an engaging, valuable part of the experience.

2y ago

I really like the idea of impromptu video as well as the scheduled. Scheduled will tend to be led by the community leader in many cases although perhaps not all whereas impromptu can happen whenever there's more than one in the community and I can see this really working for the community I am planning so I value having both options. One thought I had is whether people will have the option to be only voice and not video so they could choose to be a little bit more anonymous if they want to jump in on a spare of the moment live conversation. I can also see how that could be a negative with everyone just choosing to be visually anonymous but it's just a thought that some people will be having a bad hair day and wish they could take part but just don't want to be on video! And in relation to having to sit and hang out in the room waiting for someone else to come along I had a thought about whether there would be a way to simply indicate that you're ready and willing to join the room should they be one or more people who want to join you....."Simon is open to video chat...join to connect" sort of thing.

2y ago

ah that's a good idea - some kind of visual signal that someone is ready to hang out? I guess I'm just having a hard time imagining this in practice, unless our communities are 1) large enough and 2) a place where people are spending enough time that they MIGHT cross paths with another member online at the same who also wants to hang out.

I struggled with this a bit in my other community over on MN. I had a 24/7 zoom room set up, linked in the main menu as the "coworking room", and could never quite figure out the best way to help members coordinate using it. Unless they have permission to schedule events, it all felt very random and hit-or-miss.

Sally would post, for example, "I'm going to be in the coworking room for the next hour" --- but the only way anyone else would see that would be if they either logged in during that time and saw her post or had notifications on for Sally's activity or all new posts or something.

I think more members would USE a space like an open gathering room if I could just figure out a way, along with the features of the platform, to alert them to those more spontaneous meetups.

2y ago

Yes - I agree....I was thinking of a visual, like a (slowly) flashing green dot next to the room name if there was 1 or more people in the room. Or allow members to 'poke' (I hate that word) all others online with a 'let's meet'? I think I like the green dot idea...rather like a recording studio when it is in session...

2y ago

OOOh...yes that's a good one. The flashing green light. I'm always thinking about engagement/attention and I like to ask myself, "why would a member choose to spend their time in this room? what's in it for them? Why would they wait for someone else to show up? How do I "sell" this space in the community as something valuable and worth their time? OR is it just excess, taking up valuable space?"

2y ago

There is an immediacy and intimacy in the idea of a live room. I bet some would not like the idea of a video room live (hence I suggest option to only do voice if you want).....but it says to me 'I am going to get a quick answer to a question' or other instant payback if I join (eg: companionship?). I can see it working in some communities (like self-help, pets, etc) and not being utilised at all in others (eg: tech). Anyway, will be interesting to see how this evolves!