Each meeting has a group chat box. Unlike the notes and action items, which only note takers can enter and which are part of the exported meeting record, everyone can use the chat.
We use chat to:
- Ask a quick question.
- Communicate about people who are delayed or have to leave early.
- Communicate while troubleshooting a participant's audio problem.
- Send comments which don't belong in the record but which supplement the discussion.
- Send a private chat comment to a single participant. See screenshot below. Note: private chat is not stored in the meeting log; only group chat is recorded.
You can use chat to catch someone's attention by typing @ followed by the person's first name (see above screenshot). Any message addressed this way will be highlighted in that person's browser.
For example, I might type "@john please add that presentation" to send a quick note that will highlight in John's browser. Typing "@all" will highlight the message for everyone.
You can also use emoticons (you know, smileys!) in chat messages. We're especially fond of the pirate.