The screenshot depicts a three-way call. The connection between the voice call and this Web application is the really cute trick.
Joining a call
Monitoring the call in your browser, you can see the names (or numbers) of the speakers flickering in the "Talker:" field. Basic screensharing is available, and Web participants can whisper ("Psst") to one another in a chat window -- though I didn't get to try these features, being the only Web participant on the call. As the first screen shows, I did switch recording on and off, then on again. I record a lot of telephone interviews, so this feature really piqued my interest. As it turns out, though you can't just download your recording. You pay dial-in charges to listen by phone ($0.19/min for the 212 number, $0.24/min for the toll-free number) or through the Web ($0.10/min). So I'll stick with my local phone tap for now.
Still, SpiderPhone is a really clever piece of work. I love it when the phone network and the computer network cooperate in unexpected ways. Of course, the fact that we don't generally expect this kind of thing is puzzling. You'd think the absence of points of contact between our two major instruments of communication would raise more eyebrows than it does.
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