I love my computer and iPad. In fact I really love technology and gadgets.
My MacBook or my iPad mini are the first things on my packing list wherever I go.
I have music and movies on my MacBook to keep me entertained if I'm spending the night in a hotel alone. I have books on the iBook app on my iPad that entertain me on a flight or when I'm waiting in the airport lounge. I have a card reader that downloads my photos straight from my camera to my iPad and straight to my iCloud (If I ever loose my camera all the photos are not lost). My diary is synced with all my devices so I never miss a flight or dinner date, even my fitbit uploads my daily step count to my iPhone keeping track of my daily activity.
As much as I love them, all of these things are completely overshadowed by my love of SKYPE and, Facebook.
I admit I am a Facebook addict.
I do have strict rules about who my 'friends' are. Not anyone is allowed in. If I have or would have dinner/drinks with them when we are in the same city then they are friends. If I wouldn't want to meet with them in real life - why would I want them seeing my latest holiday photos or hearing that I've got an ear infection ??
The thing I love most about Facebook is that with a small time commitment I always know where my friends are, what they are doing and a quick comment or 'like' here and there really does make me feel like I am a part of their lives. If they are friends I only see occasionally we never need to spend time 'catching-up' we can go straight to discussing their new job/latest holiday/new boyfriend or whatever I have learnt from FB.
Another reason I love Facebook is the way it enables me to meet up with people. I have friends literally all over the world and last year after I posted a photo of me and hubby in New York City after we arrived in on a late flight. By the time I had woken up I had emails from 2 friends who I managed to meet up with during the following 10 days. One friend from Singapore was in Boston for a conference and he came down to NYC to meet me for lunch, the other friend from Hong Kong (who now lives in the UK) was also in NYC for a week shopping so we managed to meet for dinner.
How cool is that !?
My second love - SKYPE developed when we moved to Hong Kong. Of course I wanted to keep in touch by phone with family and friends in the UK and SKYPE was the perfect way to do this.
I bought a 'World Unlimited' package where I could call almost all landlines in the world without any extra change. Its under 100GBP per year and saved me a fortune over the 10 years I've been using it. I could also call many mobile numbers too which became very useful when we moved to Singapore and I wanted to call my Hong Kong friends.
I also bought a UK phone number from SKYPE. This allows anyone from the UK to call a 'landline' number at their standard rates (usually free) and the call comes through to my computer via SKYPE wherever I am in the world. BRILLIANT. If I wasn't online and people left a message I immediately got an email to tell me. Now I have the app on my iPhone so I can just go off and find a wifi location and hear my messages.
Of course a lot of my calls are SKYPE to SKYPE with the camera bringing friends right into the same room. I regularly have chats with friends over a glass of wine despite us being in completely different countries, and all for FREE !!
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