stay in touch with Skype

Skype-logo-Feb_2012_RGB_500While Skype is by no means a new technology (first released in 2003), I have only recently developed a reason to use it. And I LOVE it!

Skype is application software that allows for video chatting from computer to computer using the internet.
Hello! It’s a video telephone!

My son installed it on my laptop for me before he went to university and we have “skyped” several times already.

It’s so great because, unlike the regular telephone, I can see him. It makes it so much more personal, it’s like we’re chatting in the kitchen. He has been able to show me what he’s working on – he holds it up to the camera. He has given me a tour of his residence room by walking around with the laptop. (I saw the room when we moved him in but I guess he wanted to show me how he and his roommate were settling in). He even showed me how nicely he folded his laundry. Huh? I didn’t even know he knew how to fold his clothes!

You can conference with Skype too. One night, we were Skyping and his father wanted to join the call so we conferenced him in. We were able to have a great visit even though we were all in different locations. My daughter even made a rare trip down from her bedroom to join us. It was like we were at the dinner table together.

And it gets better. Did I mention that Skype is free! At least for computer to computer communication which is what I’m interested in. You can use Skype to communicate from computers to land lines or computers to cell phones but that starts to cost money.

Oh! My Skype is ringing right now. My son has texted me to join him and his father on Skype. How cool is that! I’m writing about Skype and my son is Skyping me. No joke.

Okay, I’m back. All is well at university.

So I honestly encourage you to check out Skype because it’s a great way to stay in touch. Not only with your kids, but even your grandkids or any family and friends that are just a bit too far away to get together for a coffee.

I have a friend who has a scheduled Skype call with his parents in England every other Sunday and has been doing it for years. They are far away but were still able to catch up with their son and grandchildren much the same way we used to go to Grandma’s every Sunday for lunch.

Fun Fact: The name “Skype” is derived from “Sky peer-to-peer”, which was then abbreviated to “Skyper”. However, the domain names (that’s your website address) associated with “Skyper” were already taken. Dropping the final “r” left the current name “Skype” for which domain names were available.

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