Third-party services are used for videoconferencing because the current products on the market perfectly support several simultaneous connections. However, in order to evaluate the videoconferencing tool, we have to decide whether the meeting will be held in the same place or not:
  • Private: Only full members of the cooperative can access it.
  • Open to the public: anyone interested can observe the meeting.
Another aspect to be taken into account when selecting the most suitable tool is the number of partners who will participate in the meeting.

1. Private meeting

Orientations of videoconferencing systems available on the market and their main characteristics:
    • Proposal from cooperativism
    • Payment
    • Moderation functions
    • Free Sofware (BigBlueButton)
  • Jitsi
  • Skype
    • All people must have an account on Skype (Microsoft)
    • Free
    • Without moderation functions
    • Proprietary software
    • Everyone must have a Google account (for example, a Gmail account)
    • Free
    • Proprietary software
  • Zoom

Less than 10 participants

Any of the above systems are optimal for social gatherings of 10 or less people, where all members participate with video and voice options enabled.

More than 10 participants

When we want to hold a private meeting of more than 10 participants we recommend to do it in Webinar mode.

2. Meeting open to the public

If we want to hold a meeting open to the public we can expect, apart from the members, an undetermined number of people, then we recommend following the recommendations for meetings with more than 10 participants, webinar or broadcasting, but in this case enabling videoconferencing open to the public.