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Sunday, December 18, 2016

JotCast Has a Blog!

Welcome to the first installment of the JotCast Blog.

Our mission is to help you interactively communicate with and engage your user base so that they keep coming back to you for more. Whether you're an educator fielding questions from students, a sports writer discussing the day's games and trades, a news organization following the latest trends and hashtags, or a fellow blogger looking to interact with your readers, we're here to help you develop and grow your brand.

Lets start with the basics.

So what is JotCast you're wondering? Good question! JotCast is a chat program. Well, not JUST a chat program. You decide which comments to publish, which to reject, and which to save to publish later on. Only once you publish a comment will everyone else see it. That way you control the content and flow of the discussion, while filtering out any unwanted input. After all, this isn't the Wild Wild West.
You see, anyone can enter the chat and submit comments or questions, but as the chat host only YOU see those comments.

Ok, how do I use JotCast? Well that's easy. First create a chat by going to www.jotcast.com and clicking Create Chat in the navigation. Fill in some chat details, like chat name and start time, and hit submit. You can then create a free account, or log into your existing account. It's that simple! Once the chat is created you can share the chat URL with your users, or use the iframe code we generate to put the chat directly onto your website.

How can the service be free, is there advertising? Nope, we don't advertise at all in our chats. Your free account gives you 1,000 minutes of reader time per month. That means that you can have 1 reader in your chat for 1,000 minutes each month, or 1,000 readers for 1 minute, or anywhere in between. If you don't have a lot of users, don't have a lot of chats, or just want to see what JotCast is all about then the free account is probably what you're looking for. If you have a larger user base from hundreds to thousands of readers than you'll probably want to upgrade to one of our paid plans, or contact us to create a custom plan that matches your specific needs.

Well, I think that's enough for one day. Thanks for reading!

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