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Jan - 30 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

When I first saw this video I thought – ooo – a neat way to do webinars. I’m always looking for free tools to assist in web programs (not sure why – just something I’m interested in). After trying it out with a friend though – I have to say that Browmi has a little more usability testing needed before it’s ready for prime time.

Found via MoMB, Browzmi is described:

You can now browse, chat, share and discover the web together with your friends

First, after we signed up we couldn’t find each other to become fellow “browsers.” We ended up using the new user list to find each other – and after about an hour of poking around found out that the “tag search” also searched for people. It looks like browsing together is not instantaneous as I was hoping – it requires that fellow browsers click on what their friends are browsing in order to join them – this also means that you don’t see what your friends are typing – so it’s hard to know when they’re about to leave a page. At one point my friend and I both clicked on each others “browsing” button and found ourselves swapping places :)

In short – a neat tool to play with and a maybe even a tool with potential, but right now, it’s just a toy for me.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Peter Murray says:

    Interesting find, Nicole. In addition to webinars, what also came to mind is the tried-but-never-quite-right co-browsing desire in online reference interactions. But it doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time; something to keep an eye on, though.

  2. Nicole says:

    Good point – see I need to think like every librarian – not just the technology librarian :) Thanks for pointing out another potential use – eventually.

  3. Peter Murray says:

    Interesting find, Nicole. In addition to webinars, what also came to mind is the tried-but-never-quite-right co-browsing desire in online reference interactions. But it doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time; something to keep an eye on, though.

  4. Nicole says:

    Good point – see I need to think like every librarian – not just the technology librarian :) Thanks for pointing out another potential use – eventually.

  5. Travis Parsons says:

    Hi Nicole – this is Travis from Browzmi. Thanks for taking note of our project and writing about us. We’re working on a number of things now based on user feedback that hopefully will get us several steps closer to being ready for prime-time! Please keep in touch, and thanks again for checking us out :)

  6. Travis Parsons says:

    Hi Nicole – this is Travis from Browzmi. Thanks for taking note of our project and writing about us. We’re working on a number of things now based on user feedback that hopefully will get us several steps closer to being ready for prime-time! Please keep in touch, and thanks again for checking us out :)


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