Starting out With Skype - Tell a Mom You Care!

I have been a little inconsistent with my Skype activity over the past few years.  I have enjoyed using the chat feature with clients as an alternative to back-and-forth emails (which take forever), and as a more private way to talk than Facebook.  Using the voice service, however, was a bit difficult for me to adapt to.  Our internet has been spotty in the past, and while a new high-speed router really improved my ability to talk, old habits really do die hard.
After reviewing our utility bills and the number of different paid services I use in my small business, however, I am determined to revisit using Skype for more of my communication needs.  So it is with perfect timing that I have been asked to be involved in the Mom Central Skype Ambassador program!

To kick off my acquaintanceship to Skype, I checked out their newest feature "Say it with Skype" - which you can find as a tab on their Facebook page.  I composed a very quick video message to a mom in my life (my sis) and I chose the "You Rock" design.  By doing so, it made for a personal way to give my sister some encouragement in her life (especially since I missed seeing her on Mother's Day.)  It also allowed for a charitable contribution to occur; for every "Mom you Rock" video sent, $1 went to Save the Children's Global Action Fund in support of the new campaign!

Here's a screen shot of me customizing my message to my sis:

In today's technology-driven world, you may think that it's harder to connect with friends and family on a personal level, but I have to disagree.  With video chat, in particular, I see it as a way to really give of your time and energy in a way that traditional greeting cards and mail can't.

Do you video chat?  What has been your experience?  Be sure to check out Skype's Facebook and the Mom You Rock feature for a fun way to connect -- without the cost of a postage stamp!

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.