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AOL Tech video conferencing with quick setup, but lots of lag is a great idea in theory. It's sort of a Yahoo! Live-style video chat (remember Yahoo! Live?), where you can have up to 24 people in a meeting at once. There's a big upside to the service: it's free, it's easy to use, and it doesn't require signup for anyone but the host of the meeting. The downside is that you might run into major lag. When I tested the service, each user's audio and video was lagging by several seconds.

A free account comes with the ability to host a meeting room for 24 hours at a time. The time limit is basically irrelevant, because the number of rooms you can start isn't limited, so you can get around it by starting over. I'm not sure I'd use for an actual meeting, as the ability to throw illustrated heart icons at other people is a bit unprofessional.

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