On-Line BFF has recently up-graded her old clunker of a computer to a shiny slick, all-bells-and-whistles new Mac. Although we keep in touch almost daily through "chat", in all the years we've known each other, I believe we've only spoken together once or twice by 'phone, and we've certainly never spoken over a live web cam link before.
I logged on to chat, as per usual:-
She: Hey, click on the smiley icon, I've got a web cam!
Me: No way, you're not seeing me, I've got my flies undone with my belly hanging out, besides, my hair is sopping wet.
She: Do them up, who cares if your hair is wet?
Me: No. Give me five mins.
Me, re-booted (hair fluffed, flies done up, and a slap of make up freshly applied): Where's the smiley icon??
One hour later..
She: Ooh, I can see you!
Me (slightly paranoid): How come I still can't see you.. ?
She: Am I not there?
Me: No.. hang on, what does this button do - ?
(Yikes, a loud ring-tone explodes over the speaker.)
Me (talking loudly, instead of typing now): Hello?????
She (answering verbally, too): Hello??? How did you do that?
Me (big, wide grin) : I dunno', but it's cool, isn't it?
She: You dial my number?
Me: No, I don't have your number logged on the computer, not your land line. Hey, can you see me still? (Waving.)
She: Uh-huh, I can see AND hear you now.
Me: Oh, wait a min, I think I need to use this request thingie to see you..
She: Ah, okay, I've accepted it..
And there she was! Amazing, we were talking face to face, from right across the time zone. It was almost as if we were in the same room together, well, better really, 'cos it isn't in smell-a-vision (wink). I even got the hound to bay over a hello to her, I'm telling you, folks, this is the way to go!
Alright, yes, I know, this is nothing new, my kids have been doing it since forever - but it's new to me, and I am proper impressed, I am. And here's the kicker, you can chat on the web cam from anywhere in the world, and no matter how long you are on, it's completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Wow-oh-Wow, I just lurv's it (hugging myself).
Mind you, she doesn't half have a funny accent..
So, tell me, have any of you tried this thing? If you haven't, you really should (unless you are a guy masquerading as a woman of course, because then it might not be quite such a great tool to use). If you have, come and tell me what you think of it. do you find it a pain, or is it the bonus I think it is?