This recent NYT article suggests people working from home could set up so-called virtual co-working groups where everyone logs into a VC session and mutes themselves.
The idea is that at fixed times of the day, you log onto Zoom, Skype or some other tool for online video conferencing. Other people log on too, and after a couple of minutes of structured chat — on which, more in a moment — everyone hits “mute” on their microphones and the session begins. Video on, sound off. As I write this, I’m in a Zoom Room with two others; I can see them in the corner of my screen. Both have expressions of absorbed focus. I suspect that I do too.
Maybe it’s silly, it certainly feels like a waste of bandwidth. So, I’m wondering if jitsi could add a low bandwidth mode – I know it already has some – where photos of participants are only captured every few seconds for instance.
What do you think? Useless?