I was never a Skype user. I didn’t have a computer with a camera so it was really just too hard. I could’ve just plugged a camera into my computer (can you do that?) but anyway that would have been far too much of an effort just to call someone, which I can already very easily do by picking up my mobile (or if I’m short on money, picking up my home phone).
So when I got my new Apple Mac, with its handy little built in camera, I was told by my friends I had to install Skype. I typed Skype into my beloved google bar, pushed the “download now” button and the rest is history.
I believe that Skype is the easiest social media tool I have ever used. I turn on my computer that automatically logs me in, no signing in, no remembering passwords, no time consuming processes. I double click on my friends name it does a weird dial noise and then starts ringing, they pick up, I click on the video button and it is like they are sitting next to me.
This is great, but when did I become a real Skype advocate?
I was on my laptop in Sydney, my sisters name popped on my screen “Amy is now online”. I double clicked, it rang about five times when a confused voice said “Hello?” I nearly fell off my hotel bed “Mum?”
Anything that can be so simple that my computer illiterate mum can work out how to use it with no explanation, is the perfect social media tool.
With the numerous options out there to connect online with friends and family, Skype has been the first one I have seen that has effectively transferred commonly known knowledge onto an online platform. No one is ostracised due to their computer illiterate status and logic plays a part. Skills from the offline world can be transferred to the computer.
This is how social media can bridge the online gap between Gen Y and the baby boomers, or in my case my mum and I.