While certainly not the first free Web-based conference call system, Rondee might be an ideal tool for bloggers and podcasters.
The site takes the expense and equipment out of conference calling, making it available to the everyday, financially challenged blogger. Your only expense is a long distance call (though, that could be quite high for folks not in America. the area code you need to dial is based in San Diego, CA).
Anyone with a telephone can teleconference. All you have to do is schedule your call, send out e-mail invitations to each invitee, dial 619-2-RONDEE, enter the pin # you’ve been issued, and chat it up.
Potential uses: Bloggers can set up conferences with readers; blog networks can coordinate with writers scattered around the world; podcasters can conduct telephone interview.
If the organizer chooses to record a call, all participants will be notified and the audio will be made available in GSM, which can be converted to a WAV file.
The question is, do bloggers want to take their relationship with readers off the Web?