There are days that I have Skype calls in the wee hours of the morning. I had one today. It was a new business call with a start-up in Estonia, called Soma Smart Home. They make a gadget that allows you to open and close your shades with a push of a button. No need to spend a lot of money for a major installation. Soma allows you to do it with an app.
Most of my Skype calls require looking at others face-to-face. That means I have to shower, get dressed, and apply make up, many hours before I am ready to start the day.
I certainly don’t want to do that. I decided that I needed to create an outfit much like TV personalities do when they sit behind a desk. I now dress from the waist up. Actually, I dress from the chest up. I keep on my night clothes, throw a scarf around my neck, put on lipstick and my shaded glasses.
It works. I find this all so amazing. I’m conducting business in my PJ’s. If the two guys I spoke to noticed, they certainly didn’t indicate it. They gave me a tour of their offices and showed me new products from their computer screen. We had a great hour-long meeting where we discussed challenges and solutions. Both sides have their marching orders.
It all worked out great. After the call, I hopped back into bed for a few extra zzzzz.
We live in amazing times, especially for those of us who want to work on our own terms.
I have some friends who spend three to four hours a day on Skype. It has changed their lives. Family and friends who live far apart now see each other on a daily basis. It has truly changed the world of communications.
It’s popularity just keeps growing. The Internet calling service just announced that it connected 70 million people through its Internet calling service at once. That number is mind boggling. I try to imagine all those people talking to each other at once. Kind of like the scene in Bye Bye Birdie.
A leading Internet statistics company, Statista, also revealed:
1) The average time spent on a Skype conversation is 27 minutes.
2) Active Skype users spend 100 minutes a month on the service.
3) Thirty five percent of small businesses use Skype as a primary service.
4) Forty percent of all Skype calls use the video feature.
5) Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion.
Just 10 years agoonone million users used the service at once. In 2011, 30 million people made Skype calls at the same time, which is less than half the number concurrently connected .
When I decided to write a blog about my life’s journey through technology, I never thought I would be talking about Skype as the increasingly popular way to break up a romance. A visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia showed several presentations where Skype was being used as a new stage for “Dear John” scenarios. Go to the website to read more about this.
The museum was established after a traveling exhibition of failed relationships and their ruins. The description for the museum says, “Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery, the exhibits offer a chance to overcome an emotional collapse by contributing to the collection.”
Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection.