The Saturday Post

Related Posts with ThumbnailsAs some of you may have read (for instance, here and here), Skype is vital to my existence as a long-distance grandma. Jim and I -- and Bubby and Megan, too, I hope -- excitedly await our weekly Skype sessions.

Judging by a few comments and e-mails I've received, though, many folks -- and not just grandmas! -- are still a bit intimidated by video chatting in general and Skype in particular. So here I offer you an explanation of Skyping, straight from the source:

Yep, it's as simple as that!

(By the way, did you notice "Lisa" and "James" in the list of contacts. I swear, it's not me, it's not Jim. I found that pretty amusing.)

One thing the little video above doesn't tell you is that you first need to download the program and install it on your computer. You'll find that on the Skype website.

Another very important thing the video doesn't mention: You need a decent Internet connection. There's nothing more frustrating than getting a glimpse of your grandchild grinning from ear to ear then CRASH, he's gone. Or the video freezes up. Or the whole experience feels like you're viewing a jerky reel-to-reel film on its last leg. Believe me; I've been there.

Once you have those three things in hand -- the know-how (from the video), the program (from Skype) and a decent connection (from whomever you have your connection with) -- you're on your way to Skyping with your sweeties!

Let me know how it goes!

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated in any way with Skype and they paid me nothing for this plug. Although I really think they should.

Today's question:

How often do you video chat, using Skype or any other video-chat program?