GoToMeeting can be somewhat difficult to understand. First, GoToMeeting is the name of the web-conferencing software that has its own limitations: 15 people, collaborative, etc. However, GoToMeeting is the shortened name for GoToMeeting Corporate, which contains GoToMeeting (upto 25 people) and GoToWebinar. Why did they not call it GoToSuite (which would have allowed for the expansion of GoToTraining, @GoToTraining) or something like that? However, since GoToTraining has not yet arrived on the scene (preview in early October), we will discuss the difference between GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar.
GoToMeeting: Collaborative Sessions
- Up to 25 attendees (15 in non-Corporate version)
- Interactive and Collaborative
- Encourage Participation
GoToWebinar: Structured Sessions
- 1-1,000 attendees (however, this number should increase soon; however, there is a work-around to this to expand it, I believe, to 2,000)
- Pre- and Post-session analysis
- Encourage Interaction
Now beyond these differences there are some other differences include the following:
- GoToWebinar has the ability to do live pre-planned polls & post results.
- Both GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar display arrival/departure times.
- GoToWebinar’s post-webinar analysis displays the following: Attendee Interest Ratings, Registration Q/A, Poll Questions, Post Session Survey Questions, Registration Date.
It is obvious that GoToWebinar is much more robust than GoToMeeting, and some of the features of GoToWebinar should be included in GoToMeeting (e.g., polling that doesn’t require preparation). So what do you do if you want the tools of GoToWebinar in GoToMeeting? While a GoToMeeting cannot be converted into a GoToWebinar (because of the registration, polls, and planning stage), a GoToWebinar can be converted into a GoToMeeting by simply turning on everyone’s voices (only up to 25 participants though).