GUEST ARTICLE: Skype has gone from being a novelty when it launched 6 years ago to being really essential for me.
I’m now half-way round the planet from friends in the UK and want to catch up. I also need a visual connection with family and people who have questions about work.
And the things I still can’t quite believe:
- Skype is free – No phone bill. If I’d made these calls using a Telstra landline phone it would have cost lots of money
- It’s available from where ever I happen to log on to the internet
- It’s useful for chat, voice calls and conference calls
And I have the choice to put the “I’m busy, not answering” sign on so it’s not intrusive (all the while still being able to see who is online)
I use Skype in a variety of ways – if people have work/how to questions, I ask them to use Skype Chat instant messaging. It’s a very quick and efficient way to communicate without cluttering up my email
If they want a coaching/work session, I video skype and if they are not online, I leave a message, for when they do log on. Easy.
Even my folks (who view all things interweb and computerish with great suspicion) use Skype to call. The nice thing for me is that I know it’s not costing them a penny, and I can see them and how they are doing. Nice
This travel gear article has been written by Heidi Allen
Heidi has over 15 years experience in the publishing, health and education industries, working internationally in England and Australia. She presents on social media marketing and strategy and is also part of the team at HealthEngine.com.au, a medical search directory launched in Australia. She can be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.