What a difference a day makes. When I wrote about Iotum's "Free Conference Call" app for Facebook yesterday, I mentioned that there were a few things still in development. Today, as shown in the image on the right (click on it for larger image), they've already addressed two of the issues: 1) the Agenda can now be completed (and in fact is the second step now while you are setting up the call); and 2) they've corrected the display issues with the participants. With a few participants, the pictures loaded in very quickly, and with a larger number of participants the pictures were removed and only the names were shown. Kudos to the Iotum team for iterating so quickly.
FYI, as shown in the image, I did participate in the "historic" public conference call hosted today by Moshe Maeir at 3:30 Eastern US time today. It was a good demonstration as at one point we had easily 10+ people involved. Very nice to see who joined simply by looking at the list of participants and seeing who was in green. (Hmmm... note to Alec, you might want to rethink the use of green and red as there is some percentage of people out there who are color-blind and can't differentiate between the two.) Unfortunately, about mid-way through the call, actually when I was in the middle of answering a security question that Moshe asked... the conference bridge failed. (or something failed - in any event, the call was terminated) The others apparently all dialed back in, but I unfortunately had to prep for a 4pm conf call and couldn't make the time to rejoin. Despite the glitch, though, it was a nice experiment in using it with a group of people in a public setting.
In related news, Alec Saunders has a nice roundup of the coverage of the launch of their Facebook application. Worth checking out to see the opinions of others.