Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Video Phone Calls - I love Tokbox!
The majority of my family lives in the Northeast. Yes, I am a “yankee” that is becoming a Georgia peach. With a one year old son you can imagine the requests that come from grandparents, great aunts and uncles and other family members to see Mekhi’s latest “tricks.” I have a video camera that I never quite worked out and I still need to take that class on movie editing. So unless we are visiting, still photos are the best the relatives can hope for.
That is until Mom Central asked me to try out TokBox. TokBox is an online video conferencing program that enables you to stay in contact with family and friends in real time. When my son shouts "Obama!", grandma can see him. His running on those wobbly legs? She can see that too.
TokBox is so convenient – I just send an email from Tokbox to my family and friends with my user info. Once they sign up calling me is just a click away. If I am away from my computer a video message can be left for me to view later. After trying TokBox this weekend, I can tell you that it will be getting a lot of use in the Cutie Booty household.
I can just see the future – several of my family members gathered around computers watching Mekhi do his thing. Yes, you can talk to several people at once. A great utility!
The best part of all is TokBox is free! Try it out, what do you have to lose? If you are anything like me and have family in distant places, you will be glad that you did!