Thursday, April 5, 2007

World-wide conference call

Today, at 1:30pm, I'll be taking it live with CEO of Wikipedia, Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, during a Waxxi interactive podcast. As mentioned in Kevin Hylant's earlier post, Waxxi is the service offering a totally radical way to participate in podcast conversations. By registering in advance, you can guarantee one of the 500 participant spots that are available. From what I've heard, registration was closed within two weeks prior to the event.

Waxxi works a lot like "one big skype conference call." It's exclusive, but it allows you to chime in your thoughts at any time, be it with Jimbo, the Waxxi staff, or other listeners.

Eventually, when I start up a podcast of my own (this summer?), I would like use Waxxi my model. But, for know, I urge anyone to send me your dying questions. Keep in mind that, Waxxi will soon release a downloadable version of the podcast via iTunes.

Here's the e-mail I received on Tuesday:

Hi, Austin!

Thanks for signing up to participate in Thursday's (April 5, 2007)
interactive podcast with Jimmy Wales. As a reminder, it will begin at
1:30PM EDT. To see who will be participating in the conversation, go
here: (only those who have given us
permission to post their information are listed).

For Thursday's event, here are the three things you'll need to know:

1. Your Code
In order to take part in this exciting event you will need to use
your unique event code which is:
********. Only one person can use that code: you! It acts as your
ticket to join the event, so please keep it in a safe place.

2. Chat/IM
In order to enjoy a true, interactive experience we invite you to a
simultaneous chat/IM session: You'll see a
chat room, where you can personalize your ID/screen name and say
hello, ask a question, comment on the conversation or just hang out.

3. Dial in Number
You'll also need a number to call into in order to ask Jimmy Wales a
question by phone:

Toll free (within the US): .1.800.976.0840
Direct dial (International): + 1.404.920.6336

In order to ask a question, simply press the star key and the number
one (*1). You will then be placed in line, indicating you are raising
your hand.

If for any reason you'd prefer to have us ask Jimmy a question on
your behalf, simply email your name, city, country and question ahead
of time to

Talk to you soon!


Team Waxxi

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