London, United Kingdom. A new phenomenon was witnessed today. For the first time a group of people on a conference call Net Meeting successfully attempted a sustainable Virtual Mexican Wave. The event was on a sales incentive call by a major IT services company in the UK
Using the seating plan feedback system of Microsoft Net Meeting a small but discernable wave was created by flicking momentarily from the green default status to the amber "I'm Ready"
Independent witnesses saw the three strong wave occur just after 10.30 this morning as the Q&A session of the call was wrapping up.
"It was over so quick I wasn't sure if it was real" said one attendee on the call "I saw something change in bottom left corner of my screen, it caught my eye as I was mind numbingly bored at the time" said another witness who preferred to remain anonymous. "I missed it as I was watching Daytime TV at the same time but my cat may have spotted it as she fell off my study desk at about that time.
Microsoft spokesmen Arnold Groswhich denied that it was caused by a technical glitch and that it was clearly evidence of new way of using the web to relieve the utter tedium of life. "We are actively encouraged by this development and will look to incorporate it into newer releases of the software, perhaps we could install plug ins for virtual hot dog vendors and even attach virtual foam giant hands for attendees to wave at presenter".
It remains to be seen if this is the start of a new craze that will sweep the corporate world, "this could be the new Buzzword Bingo" said Net meeting specialist Kurt Davidoof from his Californian beach hut. He added "In the late eighties and nineties dull and pointless meetings were reinvigorated by the introduction of the game that spotted use of meaningless business speak, now this 'Silicon Wave' could be the latest development in that evolution of boredom driven sub cultural antipathy"
Ian Pearson, futurologist of UK IT Services leader BT said "Audio and virtual conferencing has taken off in the last few years but has always struggled to be as effective as face to face communication as often it is experienced as a passive activity. Maybe this new development will be the 'killer app' we have all been waiting for"
Meanwhile, somewhere out there the next wave may already be happening and it is only a matter of time before competition grows to determine if anyone can top the current record of three.