How COVID-19 changed the Way we communicate Online
How many readers knew about Zoom, a little more than a year ago? The precise number would be about one million, since it was their number of users, pre-COVID-19, worldwide. Now, this crowd has grown up to 300 million users. That is but one of the important ways in which communicating changed in the last year. Let’s discover a few other ones below.
Entertainment platforms became Interactive
We all know, by now, that one of the great winners of the sanitary crisis (if there is such a thing) is Netflix. Locked-up inside their home, people all around our planet were looking for ways to distract themselves, and they found it on this film and TV streaming platform. That gave ideas to other platforms, that were being built at the time, including one called YouMovie, that decided to create live entertainment. They have associated themselves with a new international group, to present live storytelling sessions, available for the entire world to watch.
The Triality Live Storytelling will present characters of a parallel world to ours. They will tell their story in front of a camera, just like raconteurs used to do, live, in front of their village, thousands of years ago. YouMovie and the Triality World are bringing back the art of oral tradition, through the most modern tool in today’s world: an internet platform. This new stage is a virtual worldwide amphitheater, where new tales will be told, and a new reality will be created.
The need to see the Person we are talking to
There is no doubt that the most important change that occurred during this period, is the fact that we now feel like we have to see the face of the person we are talking to, on calls. Although video calls are nothing new, and the younger generation have become accustomed to them a few years back, this sanitary crisis brought all generations together on Zoom, Skype and Google Meet calls, to see the faces of their co-workers or of their loved ones. This trend as entered into the culture, and it will be almost impossible to go back to regular voice calls only; at least for important discussions.
The ease of International Business
Since no one could travel for a while, those who were developing international networks had to find a way to continue without physically going to other countries, to meet their counterpart. Before, a relationship built through the internet did not have the weight of one which was concluded through a physical handshake. But that has changed now, and the collaboration and partnerships built over encounters on the internet, have become largely accepted, in all industries. This is a good thing for companies trading around the world, as it enables them to save on the cost of travelling expenses.
The rise of Zoom
Before the coronavirus crisis, Skype was one of the mains utilized tools for video calls. It was one of the very first software using VoIP, to become popular internationally. But there was some instability on Skype calls that rendered it a bit archaic for companies, when the crisis forced everyone to work from home. At the opposite, Zoom was really stable and offered a great presentation setting, when it came to meetings, which included many participants. And so, Zoom became the leader in video-conference calls.
Video calls: Life-savers
Communicating is what we do every day, so it should not be surprising that it keeps evolving. The internet has been an addition to our lives, which saved many, during a difficult year, from falling into a depression, as they were able to at least see, through video, the people that mattered to them. Hopefully, we don’t need the media as much in the months and years to come…