Egads. Upon re-reading this post, it sounds like one big ad. I hate myself.
That screenshot above is real. And it’s not the first time I’ve been asked the question of what software to use to easily do a screen share.
I don’t remember how I came across Uberconference but I’ve been using it for a couple of years. Before then, I think I was using Skype when I had to run the show. If some company was in charge, it was usually GoToMeeting.
The two main reasons for using Uberconference for me are:
1) It’s free. Granted, a lot of times, you get what you pay for but in this case, you are getting a lot of value for free. With the free version, I can have up to 10 people on the call and that call is not limited by time. Other big name services limit your time. NOTE: See the last paragraph below.
2) There is no software or signups for attendees. This is huge. When you want to do a call, there’s nothing worse than having to either make someone sign up for something, download and install software and/or explain how to use it.
Attendees can either just call in on their phone or click on a link on their computer (if you want to do a screen share). Even more helpful, when you sign up for an account, by default, you get a link that is always the same. If your username is steakandeggs, the link you send attendees every time would be uberconference.com/steakandeggs. That comes in handy if you have a repeating call and people can just bookmark that url.
Another big benefit I’ve used recently is that you can record your call and get a download of it immediately after you hang up.
I know this sounds like one big giant ad for Uberconference but I’m not getting paid a dime for this. It’s just a free and easy to use tool if you have a need for conference calls and screen sharing.
The odd thing (I think) is that after I wrote this article, another friend gave me a first-hand account of getting charged a lot of money from a different conference call company for two calls he made. The problem? He thought they were going to be free. He had no idea the company had been bought and changed its policy, getting rid of its free tier. Even worse, they seemed to have updated his credit card’s expiration date (or disregarded it) without his knowledge so the charge went through.