Delicious with Desktop sharing

Desktop sharing is Desktop sharing is a common name for technologies and products that allow remote access and remote collaboration on a person's computer desktop.

Desktop sharing, when used in conjunction with other components of multimedia communications such as audio and video, creates the notion of virtual space where people can meet, socialize and work together. Desktop sharing is also referred to as web conferencing.

There are a number of proprietary applications dedicated to desktop sharing or at least incorporate it as one of the features available for real-time collaboration. Some of the more common proprietary applications are

  • Microsoft’s NetMeeting
  • Ellumintate.

These are excellent applications but tend to be very expensive. For example, a license to use one of these applications for a class of 25 could cost up to $10,000.00 per year. Although prices have moderated over the last few years and the stability of the service has greatly improved, it is still a pricey proposition.

Fortunately there are a number of free web based applications that work very well and provide a practical way to try out the features. Three applications that I would like to use in this class are:
  • Dim Dim
  • Yugma
(I really don't know how they come up with these names)

One of the very real advantages for us in this class is that desktop sharing will allow me to show each of you my live desktop in real time as while we have a Skype conversation. So you will be able to see my desktop on your screen and watch my cursor as I go through a series of steps to demonstrate our next application.

We will start with Dim Dim and use it in our next Skype session this Wed evening at 7:00. We will establish a Skype conference as usual and then I will send you an invitation to the Dim Dim virtual meeting room. Once we are in the room I will switch the view to my desktop and demonstrate the use of Delicious, the social book marking application.

In advance of this session you should set up an account at Delicious using your class alias and login information. You can also view the excellent Commoncraft video, Social Bookmarking in Plain English.

I think it will be much easier to discuss the topic of social bookmarking if we can have a live demonstration. Plus this provides an opportunity to experience desktop sharing.