My mom is visiting her parents in Texas, and my dad is holding down the fort in Virginia. And I’m over here in Germany. So today, I thought I’d express how thankful I am for video chat. We were just able to talk for an hour or so face-to-face, and it was awesome. And since my aunt and uncle were in the same place as my mom, I got to talk to them too!
Not to sound like an ad or anything, but my parents and I usually use Google+ Hangouts. They allow video and audio chat between two or more people for free, as long as everyone has a Google+ account (free as well, and now open to the public at http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/)
(wow, this post really does sound like an ad. If you call now, by the way, you get two for the price of one!)(just kidding. please ignore how much this post sounds like an infomercial.) 🙂
Google+ hangouts have a pretty nice system; in addition to video and audio chat, it has integrated text chat for sharing URL’s and integrated Youtube access if you want to show the latest funny cat-on-a-roomba video you found. New features in beta (“extras”) right now are a shared notepad, a shared sketchpad, live group editing of shared Google Docs documents, and even screen sharing.
Now that my video chat time is over, I have homework to do. And I’m thankful to have productive work to do now, as it keeps me from getting too homesick. But family time is priceless, and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with my parents, even if we can’t be together in person right now. It may involve complex time-zone-daylight-savings-time calculations, but it’s definitely worth the trouble!