In yet another Web 2.0 meets telephony moment the folks from Iotum have launched Calliflower, a Facebook-based application for conference calling. Calliflower provides an ability for an organization to host public or private conference calls, with back-channels for participants such as the ability to chat and see Facebook profiles of others on the call, as well as raise hands to ask questions. Non-Facebook users can also participate via traditional dial-in numbers with PIN codes, or via VOIP services such as Skype and Truphone. The service launch tonight featured a call with William Shatner, yes, that William Shatner. In July they will host a call with Alan Alda of MASH fame.
Right now Calliflower is free. Im still not sure of the long-term business model, but it will be interesting to follow further developments.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.