Teleconferencing is described as a "live exchange of information among persons and machines remote from one another but linked by a telecommunications system, which is usually over a telephone line."
Teleconferencing services are not only offered and used by businesses alone. At times, ordinary people will find that teleconferencing or video conferencing is the best way to make a personal connection, just for the fun of it.
This week, the Barbershop Harmony Society held their 70th International quartet and chorus contest in Nashville, Tennessee. Almost 9,000 people traveled from around the globe to be part of this amazing annual contest. The Society boasts a membership of almost 30,000 male singers in the United States and Canada alone. For those who were not able to attend the convention, the Society worked hard to provide services to make you feel like you were almost actually at the convention.
They provided a web-cast that showcased each Barbershop quartet and chorus competing in the contest in real time. In addition, people who were viewing the action online were able to speak to competitors immediately after they left the contest stage via a teleconferencing link. People could congratulate and speak to competitors using the services provided by several different carriers at the performing venue.
For those not able to attend the convention, the experience of communicating with friends and family members who were competing was invaluable. The people who viewed the web-cast were thrilled to be able to see history in the making as the new Champions were given their medals. Plans are already in the works for next year’s teleconferencing and video exchange. The convention will be held in Anaheim, California.