Screen sharing broadcasts the contents of the presenter's screen to other users by continuously capturing and broadcasting mini-snapshots of that person's screen. This form of real-time sharing (1) is CPU, GPU and bandwidth intensive; (2) requires installs; (3) is considerably slower than Samesurf Cloud Sharing in terms of rendering speed; (4) amounts to a one-way non-interactive experience; and (5) is highly ineffective on mobile.
Samesurf Cloud Sharing synchronizes the pages that the leader and followers visit during their shared browsing experience by simulating the events that occur within those pages on both sides. This patented form of real-time sharing serves as a highly effective alternative to screen sharing systems that (1) require considerably less CPU, GPU and bandwidth usage compared to screen sharing; (2) include no installs of any kind for virtually all devices; (3) is considerably faster than screen sharing in terms of rendering speed; and (4) constitutes a multi-way interactive experience that empowers both sides to interact with online content in real-time. For a more in-depth comparison, please visit the Samesurf vs Alternatives page.
Samesurf Cloud Sharing holds the following significant advantages over these types of solutions: (1) no coding, install, quality assurance (QA) and/or upfront setup requirements of any kind; (2) co-browsing support for every form of modern web technology including iFrames, Flash and WebGL; (3) ability for publishers to preview co-browsing on their own pages before committing to a purchase; (4) unique feature sets which include passing control within the page via a single click; (5) cross-platform functionality that extends to initiating sessions from mobile devices without installing apps; and (6) shared browsing support for the entire web or a certain subset of domains at the election of the publisher. For a more in-depth comparison, please visit the Samesurf vs Alternatives page.
You can start a room in the following ways:
(1) For Account Holders: Log into your Samesurf account and click the "Start" button to initiate the room.
(2) For Support & Sales: Log into your Samesurf account and trigger the "Start" button for Phone Support or click the Start Button within the Samesurf Agent Console for Live Chat (coming soon).
(3) For Websites: Activate the integrated Start button that lives on the Publisher’s Samesurf enabled site.
For the Desktop and Mobile App: Simply click the "Start" button (coming soon).
You can send invites by:
(1) Copying and pasting the invite link into any chat or email window;
(2) Sending a web invite via Samesurf Mail or through your own default email service;
(3) Posting the invite link on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter via Samesurf Social Chat for mass invites (coming soon) ; or
(4) Sending a text message invite via a mobile device (coming soon).
To request control, use the Control button to prompt the current leader to either give you control or deny your request.
To pass control as the leader, click the Control button and select a new leader from the user list.
To take back control as the host, click the Control button and click Yes to take back control.
Followers won't be able to see items on the leader's screen that are outside the shared browser tab during co-browsing. Our patented shared browsing technology is much different than alternatives for real-time sharing like screen sharing where the risk of exposing private content in the form of open tabs, pop-ups and passwords is significantly higher. With Samesurf co-browsing, users in a shared session follow the leader from page to page as they interact with one another and the page within a single browser tab.
During screen sharing, followers will be able to see the entire desktop if that is the element that is being shared.
On enabled sites for publishers who have opted for this option, Samesurf only passes text inputs among room participants that are typed within non-sensitive input fields. Text that is entered within properly designated password fields will be ineligible to be passed or viewed by others.
If any user types characters within a non-sensitive input box such as a search field, these input entries will be made visible to others in the room so you can all collaborate within those input boxes in real-time. Websites who integrate our technology can also independently designate other input fields as non-shareable.