Skype Me

Thoughts By 8 years ago

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.

  • I have been a Skype user for a while now, and lately been using the camera (I have a mac too). The reason I use Skype is that most of my contacts use it too, which means that at any time, I can see if they are online. The majority of the time I don’t make calls through Skype, instead I will use it for text chat. Because I sit in an open office, I find it easier to locate a quiet spot, and make a normal phone call.

    The challenge I constantly face with social media, is which networks or software I should be using (the mix). For instance I have a smorgasbord of instant messaging services at my disposal, MSN, Blackberry messenger, Google messenger, Facebook chat, .Mac messenger- In order to connect with all my contacts, should I log on to all of them simultaneously?

  • emily

    I understand your problem Josh, and I find it is compounded because not all of my contacts are on the same networks. I have some friends who I chat to on Facebook chat, others via Skype and other on MSN. Theoretically, I would choose the one service which I found best to use and disregard all others, but in reality this would cut contact with a number of my friends.

    Perhaps the answer is software which allows all services to be open and functioning at the same time, but in an organised fashion so as to avoid confusion and having to constantly flick between windows. I am aware of the software Seesmic ( which provides a service of this sort. However, Seesmic only manages Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    There seems to be a market for a program which can manage all Instant Messaging Services. Do you know of any such program?

  • Yeah, there are a few out there. Here is a fresh one – – what these instant messaging (IM) clients dont offer are all the functions of the original software. For instance, the other night I was video chatting to friends on Skype. We wanted to conference each other in, but Skype only allows 1 to 1 video chat. Found software called ooVoo, which allows 6 people to video conference together. I dont believe you could extract this feature from an IM client.