Today I attended a Twebinar the first time and it was a very unusual experience. At first, I could not access the Twebinar at all, but then I realized that something might be not working in IE (am I the only dinosaur who uses IE occasionally?) and switched to Firefox. It worked! 😉
The Twebinar was on an interesting topic and was provided by Radian6, which I admire greatly. However, at first, I felt something was missing… there was no image of presentation, or video… only twits… and audio. I felt a little disappointed and retweeted a question of somebody else wondering about the video.
I definitely missed some visual cues… and thought that I could send a few e-mails while listening to the audio… not a good idea – I missed a few points. 😉
Twebinar advantage that I saw was the list of all participants’ Twitter contacts and linked web sites imported into the webinar – wonderful opportunity to connect to others.
However, the main Twebinar disadvantage (from my personal perspective) was the lack of anything visual (maybe unusual for Twebinars – I am just lucky 😉 ) and too many opportunities for destruction. I usually have Twitter open during regular webinars (in the different window), but pay attention on it only when I need to ask a question, or something is wrong (or webinar’s information is not useful). The rest of the time, I am concentrating on the presentation… even if it is two slides 😉
The perfect answer from my perspective would be a regular webinar (nice PPT, in-depth topic) and a place on Twitter (different window?) where I can see the participants… maybe after the webinar. But, I will definitely check out other Twebinars… 😉