I have made a small start towards this—I urge you guys to find a better alternative, but until then I invite you to:
This open chatroom
EDIT: Login as guest to avoid spam in your twitter/facebook (credit Zian). I also recommend using some sort of adblock-program (sometimes the advertisements are with sound).
Regarding the popularity, there seems to be activity at least two thirds of the time, ranging to up to 10 people during “peak” hours.
Just wanted to report a massive ARGH moment:
By default, if the user logs in with Twitter, then you spam your Twitter followers and add the company to your list of people followed.
Yeah, I explicitly unchecked the boxes that said they would do that and it still showed up in my Twitter feed (which automatically forwarded to my Facebook feed).
I think this experiment seriously needs a FAQ on how to behave. At least I need it.
So I join the chat and there are people working. That’s nice! But am I supposed to say “hello”, or just join silently? I feel guilty for disturbing people from their work. Where is the line? Of course anyone can turn off the sound, and probably they already did, and there is also a complete silence (I guess everyone has their microphone in “push to talk” mode, me included), and it feels weird. I don’t know what to expect, and what am I expected to do. Some introduction would be nice (even in the form: you are expected to be quiet and just do your work).
From a technical point of view, my Firefox froze twice after entering the chat and starting a broadcast. Then I restarted my computer, and then it worked nice. (At first I thought I set up the sound incorrectly, but that was probably everyone turning off their microphone, because then I talked a bit.)
I agree, a FAQ or introduction will be necessary if this is going to be used by many. Perhaps I will make one after I have a little experience myself in this.
I guess a good start in using it would be just to say hi, rather chat in text form so that people doing their work don’t have to be disturbed and can respond at the time of their choosing (besides the risk that they might have sound turned off).
Then after someone responds (I don’t think it would take too long if people are online) would probably follow a short introduction and chat about what you and the other person are working with, what you would like to do, perhaps mutually agree that you will update each other regarding process. After that follows naturally work in silence (unless you work together).
Technically—I’ve had a couple issues too, but once it’s started it has worked fine.
I wanted to say, thanks for nudging me to stop complaining about not working and actually set up a workflow; you provided exactly the necessary activation energy.
Nice to hear, I’ve had great results myself too, let’s hope this continues to work for us :).
I think this thread might be a good place to get the conversation going among people who are pre-committing to show up about strategies for first experiments.