Hi Dreamer, if you think that the buzz about Zoom is all “echo chamber” you clearly didn’t bother to read the NY Times article that was linked to before you posted. (Or maybe you think that the Times article was echo chamber to this board too). It was a long article and I’ve just clipped out a few pieces below. The link has already been posted twice in this thread. It probably has more access to a wider pool of information than you, since you mentioned that you haven’t been on a video call in 15 years.
We Live in Zoom Now
Zoom is where we work, go to school and party these days….
no amount of planning could have anticipated the company’s emergence as a cultural phenomenon used to host parties, concerts, church services and art shows. Zoom could not have prepared to become a meme….
College students across the country are going on Zoom blind dates. Parents of sixth-graders at Rosenbaum Yeshiva Of North Jersey organized a Zoom “recess” for their children. Ethel’s Club, a wellness platform, is conducting Zoom tarot card readings, breath work and cannabis hangouts….
Virtual gatherings are proliferating. Harvard University, like many schools, has canceled all in-person graduate and undergraduate classes and will conduct them via Zoom.
A common joke among college students is that they all go to “Zoom University” now — the same school, just with very different price tags. Zoom University merchandise is already for sale on Amazon and RedBubble….
Many students say that adjusting to school closings and public health guidelines to isolate has been incredibly hard. They have used Zoom to attempt to replicate some sense of normalcy. Parties, sorority socials and beer pong nights have found a new home on Zoom….
‘Out of nowhere, Zoom has clout’
But why Zoom? Why not Skype, which has been around since 2003? Or Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger or Apple’s FaceTime?..
Zoom is baked into many colleges and schools that already use it. The product’s layout makes it easy to talk with multiple people at once. And Zoom has some features that mirror social media apps. A button called Touch Up My Appearance casts a soft focus over the video display, smoothing out the skin tone of the presenter like an Instagram filter. Custom backdrops can hide messy bedrooms.
Zoom has a “hotter brand” association,said Rishi Jaluria, a senior research analyst at D.A. Davidson. “Younger people don’t want to use the older technology.”
People also pick Zoom because it works. Paul Condra, a technology analyst at PitchBook, said Zoom’s reliability and simplicity has made it the “standard” in videoconferencing software…