Friday, April 2, 2010

Skype Progress Report

By: Cherece Milton
March 31st 2010

Social Media Update


            As a recap, the Social Media that I chose was Skype which was founded in 2003. According to the Skype official website, Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Skype is a leading global internet communications company. And of course, Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are completely free. With my social media choice, I vowed to make sure that I was using it to the best of my ability not only for this assignment but because I wanted to better acquaint myself with the program. While exploring and just playing around with Skype, I found that it indeed does some cool things. I was able to customize my settings, and the biggest thing that was beneficial to me was that I was able to conduct free classes on Skype to learn a new language.

There were several techniques that I used in order to initiate a conversation. The first technique used was to add friends that I know was in fact using the site. The next method that I chose was to add mutual friends. From then I posted a status on face book and told people to add me on Skype and gave them my Skype name. This was definitely a big step for me considering the fact that I am not a person who is big on social media. It is not because I don’t like it, but it’s merely because I don’t have time and because the media outlets are being used in an alternate way (negative) other than what it was and should be used for such as business.

The ways in which I used in order to initiate conversation really worked. In fact I started to receive request for me to add people to my contact list from all over the world. I had people in places such as Jamaica, China, and South Africa. At this point I went from one contact to 21 contacts.

In regards to me learning a new language, I was able to get connected with a mutual friend from Mexico who was able to video chat me and help me with Spanish. We used the method of video chat as well as the typing function that Skype has available free of charge. This is definitely beneficial, because it is not only free but time efficient and convenient.

At this point and time I plan on expanding on learning my new language through my Skype tutor as well as searching other things on Skype that may be beneficial to me. In the near future, I plan on using Skype to conduct a group project meeting during the week before finals so that the group members will not have to commute back to campus considering the fact that we all live off of campus.

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