Zoom backgrounds

Published on Nov 22, 2020

Ever since COVID, the video conferences have gone up dramatically... particularly Zoom. I know I have been in an insane number of video calls myself. I didn't really have any idea about what and how to conduct a video call. But I have been watching other people.

Here is what I noticed:

  1. Most people don't look like the image they post everywhere. 
  2. Most people have an IMAGE of a book shelf behind them. Not actual books. I don't think a lot of people actually have physical books anymore - leave alone a book shelf strategically placed behind their office chair. 
  3. Many have tried using the zoom background feature but it always makes me wonder if they have a messy background to want to use zoom background. 
  4. A lot of people on TV and YouTube interviews are very strategic about putting pictures, achievements and the like - just like a linkedIn profile. Even accomplished people like Fareed Zakaria is strategically placing his new book in his video background. I don't recall all this pre-COVID. 
  5. Lately, CNN and other news broadcasters use some type of art - like NY sky scrappers to have a more professional look as they do their shows. I suspect that even some news groups are letting their employees work from home. 

Very interesting trends. I have started to look into wall art for my office as well. At first I focused on being comfortable and mentally happy with my new home office space. And now, I am looking into what the expected professional look of a video conference is. Doesn't look like COVID is going away anytime soon.... and even if it does, the work from home phenomena is going to be here for a while.