Join.me – The Easiest Screen Sharing Online
By on November 10th, 2010

Screen sharing lets you show someone your computer screen across the internet. Usually, you can even let a viewer take over the mouse and keyboard. I use screen sharing at work to help my co-workers with computer problems, and sometimes, even I get help. Often, people use screen sharing applications to give business presentations online.

Previously, my favorite screen sharing service was TeamViewer. It’s a free service, and it even includes voice and video chat. Now I am starting to use a different service, called Join.me.

Join.me is probably the simplest screen presentation service I’ve used. All of the these services require an installation of software on your machine. Usually, both the broadcaster (host) and the viewer (client) need to install something. Join.me breaks out of the crowd by not requiring the viewers to install any software. All they need is a modern web browser with Adobe Flash.

Here’s how it works …

1. Go to Join.me

2. If you wish to share your computer screen, click on the sharearrow.

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3. This will start a download of the server software. (Windows and Mac)

Once you have it installed and running, you’ll see the Join.me floating toolbar at the top of your screen.

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4. Click once in the address bar and you’ll be able to copy or send the sharing address.

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5. The person you wish to share with, can either click the link you’ve sent them, or type the 9 digit number in the Joinbox at the Join.me website.

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6. As soon as they join, you are sharing your screen. That’s when you can start using your floating Join.me toolbar to control the session. As far as I know you can invite any number of people to your screen sharing session.

The phone icon actually lets you call them on a conference line. I haven’t tried that feature because I usually call the person on my phone or use Google Voice to chat with them.

This service and it’s operation is best explained by watching this video.

Join.me quick preview and tutorial from Andy Traub on Vimeo.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Join.me is a great service, it’s easy to use and it’s free. What more do you want? Actually, I would like to have video chat, but this service is still a winner for the viewers. They don’t need to install any software to see your presentations.


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  • Juanita

    Great tool, but I’m looking for something where I can switch screens to the people in my class. When a student wants to show me what is on their screen, I would like to switch to their view and then back to mine to continue teaching. Anything for this?

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/clif.notes Clif Sipe

      Hi Juanita. Yes – many of the free screen sharing services offer this feature. It requires that both you and the student to be using the same program installed on their computer. Let me suggest TeamViewer.

      http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx

      Both of you would need the “full version” installed.

  • me

    This software looks great. however it has one flaw there is no Linux support, for sharing your screen. As I use Linux exclusively that makes this software unusable. Which I don’t understand b/c it is flash based.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002391688690 Nicole Molinelli

    There is one very easy solution to all this – FREE remote desktop software Ammyy Admin.
    http://www.ammyy.com/en/admin_overview.html

    Works well, doesn’t require installation or specific config, works behind gateways NAT as well as within one LAN.

    Good alternative though!

 
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