Some of you might remember I blogged about G-Snap a while back, and at the time I was very impressed with their product and even more impressed with their level of service. Well, these guys have outdone themselves this time. I spoke to my good friend Ramsey Ksar from G-Snap today and we discussed their new beta release of their software. It’s simply amazing, I am not for sure if there is anything on the market now that even comes close to what this application can do.
The guys from G-Snap actually spent time inside the chatrooms with our users from time to time and asked questions about what they wanted to see in the next release and then took these suggestions and turned them into their latest beta release. I actually witnessed this on several occasions, that kind of interaction between a software company and it’s users is definitely the best way to guage your products perception.
Here are some of the features included in their beta release, and from what I have gathered everything appears to be very stable:
Live Event Coverage with G-SNAP!
With G-SNAP!, it’s easy to create on demand communities for your live event to give you the ability to communicate the “play-by-play”, event updates, lecture points, etc! Snapcasting also give you the power to empower a community to gather and discuss! All this happens in real-time without having to refresh your browser! Additional Snapcasting features include:
- Live event thread with viewer comments on Web and Mobile
- An archive of all your Snapcasts
- Manage the game clock and scoreboard for sporting events
- G-SNAP! Snapshot to communicate critical event updates
- Invite additional Snapcasters to assist
- Upload photos, video, or Powerpoint via your desktop and mobile
- Private Snapcasts for your private events!
- Multimedia experience with the G-SNAP! Media Gallery (view uploaded photos, videos, slides and other media files from your desktop or mobile)
- Snapcast Standby mode: this is great for multi day Snapcasts.
- Real-time search across all Snapcasts!
- Real time stats to keep you informed as to how you’re doing
- Avatars and more!
- Customized event URLs – just ask and we can set it up for you. For example, http://gsnap.com/myliveevent
Covering a soccer game? Maybe a conference? Didn’t bring our laptop? With G-SNAP! Mobile, it’s easy to Snapcast an event from your mobile phone! You can provide the play-by-play all while uploading images or videos. With G-SNAP! Mobile it’s also possible to attend view any Snapcast!
Add photos, video (even YouTube!), or even Powerpoint files from your desktop or mobile phone into your Snapcast. You can also add a live video stream from our recommended video friends at Ustream or Mogulus by grabbing the “embed code” for your video and adding it to your Snapcast!
Robust Moderation Features
As the Snapcaster, you control your content. Set viewer comments to require your approval prior to publishing or ban a specific user who’s a nuisance. Or, give specific viewers “trusted” status to auto-approve their comments.
- Allow viewers to comment freely or require each entry to be approval by you!
- Trust a user while comments are set to “require Snapcaster approval” and all their entries are auto-approved. Or ban a trouble maker and they’ll be given the boot!
- Inappropriate word filter: this is default on but if you chose, it can be turned off. It’s your Snapcast but be mindful of your audience!
Have a website or blog? Create a Snapcast on G-SNAP! and then embed the viewer on to your page! Keep your viewers on your site – we don’t mind!. Additional features include:
- Personalized theme allowing you to put a custom background image, header image or pick a background color
- Custom avatars and more!
- Private Snapcasts are a breeze to setup if you’re hosting a private event!
I was also speaking to Ramsey today about incorporating G-Snap into two other possible projects we have going on, the ability to tie a web chat with a mobile device certainly has an appeal, especially when covering live events such as outdoor festivals and sporting events.
Just a few of the things that i see that I know our users are very excited about is the ability to have avatars on their accounts that show up beside their comments, this appears to do wonders for following the flow of the conversation, plus it allows users to more or less customize their own profile which is something we all know that they appreciate.
I am also very impressed with the layout and interface for the snapcasts, very nice. Here is a link to an upcoming snapcast for those of you interested in checking out their software first hand. I recommend setting up an account and taking part in the chat so you can get the full effect as to how impressive this software is. (Link: http://gsnap.com/588)