At this stage in the pandemic, chances are you’ve already used Zoom for one thing or the other, it could be for work meetings or to take part in classes and workshops. So it’s almost normal for Zoom to capitalize on that trend.
Now, Zoom is beginning to test a new service called OnZoom that will allow Zoom users to host and sell tickets for their virtual events. You’ll better understand this if ever you’ve used apps like Eventbrite and Meetup.
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Those who’re attending the events will find a space where they can discover new workshops, classes, and other events to attend. They’ll be able to participate directly via Zoom and pay for them using a credit card or PayPal account.
It’ll also be possible to find an option to gift OnZoom tickets to friends and relations in the invent that they need to attend the event as well.
The company revealed that it won’t take a cut of ticket sales during the beta, which it expects to run through to the end of 2020. This could be because the feature is only available to only paid Zoom users at the moment.
Zoom is by no means the first company to try and make money off the concept. In September, Google’s Area 120 incubator released Fundo, an app that allows YouTubers and influencers to host paid online events. Even earlier in the pandemic, Airbnb started offering online versions of its experiences workshops and tours. Naturally, you attend those through Zoom.
In another blog post, the company announced it will finally start rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to users next week. End-to-end encryption won’t be turned on default; users will need to find that out in Zoom’s settings to enable the feature work.
Moreover, participants in a meeting have to have the proper settings before Zoom will use E2EE. They will know if they’re in a call where that’s the case they’ll see a green shield icon at the top left of the screen.