Skype Video Calling

We are a mobile society. We have become geographically separated from our brothers, sisters, parents, children, grandchildren and other relatives as well as close friends who have moved away (or maybe we were the ones who moved away). In the past, before the Internet became popular and ubiquitous, we might call someone (long distance) on special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. Even though we could not see them, we could talk to them. And we took pictures, had the film developed and mailed copies to our relatives. Seems kind of archaic doesn’t it?

Fast forward just a short decade or two to where we are today. We regularly keep in touch by emailing, texting (including pictures), Facebook, YouTube and more. Our cameras, including phone cameras, are digital and we can electronically send or post pictures, including selfies, minutes after taking them. But what about real-time chatting with video? Enter Skype.

Skype allows us to have that face-to-face contact with our friends and relatives. Via the Internet. And for free. Skype is available worldwide on just about every computing device from Windows and Macintosh desktops and laptops as well as tablets and smartphones of every variety. Skype also now allows for multiple participants in a single session so you can connect with your brother in California and your sister in Barcelona on the same Skype video call… all for free!!

Register for this 2-session class starting Monday May 11 at Castle Shannon Library and see how it can work for you. Also, learn the difference between Skype and Apple’s Facetime. Click on the Schedule tab above for details.


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