Dimdim Takes Web Conferencing to New Heights

Lora Bentley

A year ago in September, I first learned of and wrote about a company called Dimdim. It offers Web conferencing on an open source platform, and the basic functionality is free. The hosted commercial versions offer a few features the basic version does not, as usual.


Dimdim is one company that has profitted from the economic downturn. Travel budgets are often the first things to be trimmed when money is tight, and Web meetings are a nice, cost-cutting alternative -- especially when they're free. As early as August, the company's CEO, DD Ganguly, was reporting a surge in use:

While Dimdim has been growing fast since our launch in September 2007, the growth that we've experienced over the last three months has been phenomenal. In the last month alone, our users have spent more than 59 trillion minutes in Dimdim web meetings. We've seen businesses, consumers, government and religious organizations turn to our free web meeting service to save money in this time of towering travel costs.

In October, the company announced two more significant happenings. The first was a major investment by Zimbra co-founder Satish Dharmaraj, who sold Zimbra to Yahoo in September 2007. Along with investing, Dharmaraj also took a seat on Dimdim's advisory board.


Also in October, the company announced it had passed the 100,000 user mark for its beta phase. Perhaps more importantly, according to the blog post


And because attendees don't need to be registered to attend a Dimdim web conference, it is even more exciting to report that nearly one million people have attended Dimdim meetings, accounting for more than 500 trillion minutes in Dimdim meeting rooms. That's 100,000 person-years of productive work or play - all while eliminating expensive travel, software downloads and harmful CO2 emissions.

Most recently, though, the company has made headway into the realm of academia. At the end of October, the company launched its Virtual Classroom Pack at the Educause 2008 Conference. The pack allows teachers to host up to 40 students at one time in a "customizable Web classroom." The Dimdim Enterprise product is also available to educators at a discount.

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Nov 25, 2008 12:28 PM Kevin Micalizzi, Community Mgr, Dimdim Web Conferencing Kevin Micalizzi, Community Mgr, Dimdim Web Conferencing  says:
Lora, thanks for the post about Dimdim. Traffic continues to grow for the hosted Dimdim web conferencing. I'm sure the economic downturn is part of it, the other is that more and more people are discovering us. I'm available if there are any questions. Thanks!-kKevin Micalizzi, Community ManagerDimdim Web Conferencing / www.dimdim.come: kevin@dimdim.com / twitter: @meetdimdim Reply
Apr 10, 2009 12:14 PM Brian Brian  says:

Some of the best Web Conferencing tools are actually not the top name brands.  VIA3 from http://www.viack.com lead the list of top vendor recommendations in the Web Conferencing Space (Full report at http://www.webconferencingcouncil.com) - Best vendor recommendations can be found there.

Aug 20, 2009 5:22 AM Brian Brian  says:

That is a GREAT post on conferencing, which is really gaining speed in the market.  I can recommend a great conferencing guide for newbees to use when figuring out how to get started.  The 'Quick Start Guide for Web Conferencing', which I got on Amazon.com, got me up and running in about 25 minutes:


I read that the www.webconferencingcouncil.com had a non-technical relative of equipped with a a Dell E6400 with Windows XP, complete with built-in camera & microphone test this book to see if it was truly a quick start. This relative was able to start a multi-point meeting in 17 minutes, was able to share her desktop and present an online presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint) in under 25 minutes, and even started using the voting and whiteboarding features within 30 minutes - all of it witnessed but uncoached.  I was a little bit faster but I am more technical than most. 


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