Skype (which allows you to call anyone on the world for free thanks to the power of VoIP and the web) now allows you to show others what your screen looks like…
It’s called Screen Sharing, and you can learn more about it at Screen Sharing: Share Your Desktop With Your Friends.
This works well if you’re teaching someone how to do something on the computer, or if you are asking for help on what to do on your PC or Mac.
It becomes easier to communicate with others, because you are instantly able to show them what’s going on with your computer.
You can use this provide Tech Support to customers, or even give distance learning or e-learning tutorials.
Speaking of tutorials, you can record what you’re doing or teaching, so that others who are not on the Skype call can still watch days after your call. That way, you don’t waste your time because you can still replay what you taught in the future.
This assumes, of course, that what you presented is evergreen content and is not too specific for the person you initially showed it to. 🙂
I wonder if Facebook will provide screen sharing in the future, particularly one which can be watched simulataneously by your FB friends (or by a sublist of such friends) in the future.
Live e-classes or webinars via Facebook or Skype, anyone? 🙂