Orbital vs Whereby
Whereby is a simple video platform used to meet with others online. Much like Zoom, This space only allows for straightforward video meetings; which is not always the most effective use for remote-working communication. You are limited and restricted to a singular call, and unlike Orbital, it does not promote the activity to stay online and chat naturally as you would in the office.
At Orbital, they have created an incredible and innovative virtual communications platform, allowing remote teams to engage with each other within their teams personalised galaxy. Not only can you do everything Whereby features, but you also have the ability to move to various ‘pins’ throughout your galaxy to enter separate chat areas; all made possible by their unique audio-proximity feature.
Inside the Main Communication Area
Orbital has created a feature which allows individuals to talk in separate groups, yet all within the same galaxy. This feature creates a natural office feeling, allowing for separated team chats to take place, and the ease to move to and from various spaces to speak on different topics. Having the ability to do this all under the same server, all at the same link, is a clever and inventive new tool introduced for remote virtual working.
Within the Whereby room, you are restricted and trapped in the one call you join. When within that call, there is no space to get away for a moment or chat with one individual in that room. This can cause an awkward and uncomfortable feeling for many remote workers who are not used to this way of communicating, and takes away from the office atmosphere being able to chat amongst colleagues.
When meeting with team members, you are able to create customisable ‘pins’. These pins act as rooms or areas within your galaxy, which you are able to add images to, creating a visualisation of different areas for your office. There are both preset images to choose from on the Orbital system, and also the option to upload your own images. These pins are easily customisable, and can be placed anywhere you like in your galaxy by a simple drag and drop.
As Whereby is simply video calls, there is no option for visualisations to your rooms. The option to add backgrounds to pins and add breakout areas in Orbital allows for a personalised room to be created; you are able to locate team members using the sidebar, and easily navigate to the pin that they are in to join them there.
Along with the audio and pin features, Orbital has included the option to broadcast unlimited screens within your galaxy. This feature allows it to be incredibly easy to communicate visually with other colleagues. Team members in the meeting room could be screen sharing a brief, whilst others in the chillout zone are sharing collaborative notes…simply double click and hop to the area you would like to join.
Whereby also includes screen sharing options, however, only one person is able to share their screen at once. This can limit the collaborative process which you would get in a physical office, and can pose an issue when working quickly through projects.
Let's take a quick look at just why Orbital beats Whereby...
|Orbital||Other Meetup Platforms|
|Your branding||Fully customisable||A logo, maybe?|
|Breakout areas||Unlimited and ad-hoc||Limited and formal|
|Fun to navigate||Feels like a game!||Definitely not|
|Guest conversations||Hang out as long as you want||Everyone gets booted when the host leaves|
|Speakers and presenters||Unlimited and many at once||Limited and usually one at a time|
|Built-in interactive activities||50+ suggestions, or add your own||Nope|
Orbital’s team loves to hear from their customers, and offers live chats and email support for their users to easily contact them. This support system is efficient, quick, and allows for Orbital to incorporate all feedback into the growth of their platform. Unlike other platforms, Orbital also provide a public Trello board for their users: https://trello.com/b/z4WtOOkP/orbital-public-roadmap, including further information, lists of features, and a space for you to provide feedback and ideas.
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you and your team get the most from your new galaxy. Orbital also now has an integration guide that’s being built out: http://orbital.chat/integration-guide which will include 22 commonly used tools, to help your galaxy get set up with tools suited to your business.
Unlike Orbital, Whereby does not include a live chat option to speak with their users. Alternatively, you are introduced with a contact form to fill in and send over to the company. Everything Orbital offers has shown such passion into creating the best possible platform for remote workers, and having an incredible support system to hear from their users and learn from them. Join Orbital today and start building your customisable galaxy.
Remote communication that feels more natural.
One link. No downloads. No invasive cameras. Just conversation when you want it, and quiet when you don’t.
- Customise with backgrounds and images
- Create unlimited breakout areas
- Send emoji reactions
- Send text chat and URLs
- Broadcast unlimited screens