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Video Calls

March 16, 2020

We’re working remote this week. Mostly to provide some social distancing, but also a little bit as an experiment in what a remote company would look like. If I could make it work I would run a remote company. One with regular, social and work based face to face but where the day to day is remote.

One thing that needs work is video calls. Whether it’s latency or the medium, when two people talk at once it’s a mess. Social signals, even with a camera are hard to follow unless greatly exaggerated.

Where it wins is that I can talk face to face with someone who works for me, no matter where they are. We can talk work, talk socially and also just sit there and see each other think. That feels human.

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