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5 Things To Do When You Don't Have Skype

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Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Skype is down

If you are anything like me and today is your last workday before the Holidays, two things are probably occupying your mind now:

1. When will Skype be back up and running?
and
2. What to do when when a communication channel of such importance is down?

Well, as far as the first question goes, Skype have already pinpointed the problem - it was caused by many of its "supernodes" going offline at the same time. The company explained that the supernodes act like phone directories for Skype. Of course, this is a really simple explanation, but if you are interested in getting a better understanding, you may want to look at this article.

Today we are seeing some improvement and Skype noted that the service is recovering slowly but surely. A couple of hours ago they tweeted that there is "evidence of a significant increase in the number of people online in the last hour – estimated at over 10M".
However, the "supernodes" are still causing superproblems for all of us wanting to connect with business partners, friends and loved ones. Let's just hope that the issue will be resolved before Christmas!

Now, about that second question. As Skype went down and out and the users started complaining all over Twitter and Facebook, I got to thinking what to do when one of the services on which we depend on in our daily communication goes offline.

1. Grab the Phone
Remember this good old thing from the past called "phone"? Now, how about putting it to good use and actually calling your friends and family? Of course, if you don't have time for a full-blown conversation you could also just shoot them a brief message.

2. Send an E-mail
I know that the usage of e-mail is declining and most of the people under 50 find it a bit outdated. I also know that it hardly classifies as "instant messaging", but it still remains one of the best methods for communication, allowing you to express your thoughts without the limitation of number of symbols.

3. Use Other Messengers
Yes, there are other messengers out there and as one of my friends ironically remarked in a Facebook update: "Skype (or rather its lack of service) made me remember my old ICQ password..." So, if you insist on your online presence and communication you may want to revert to your other messengers, or try Twitter.

4. Write a Letter
It's the festive Season, so instead of wishing your business associates and friends "Happy Holidays" and sending them an e-card, why don't you send them an real card or, better yet, a letter? The feel of paper and a couple of words signed by your own hand add a personal touch to an otherwise overused holiday cheer.

5. Connect Offline
Skype and the other instant messengers are all great for keeping in touch, but nothing replaces meeting the person with whom you do business, exchange jokes or simply want to say "Hello" to. So, when it doubt, just go offline and go meet the people directly. This will be the best way to make a sale, find new friends and boost your relationships.

Now, go and enjoy the Holidays while WebSitePulse keep an eye on your online business for you.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Victoria Pal

Doesn't like queuing (particularly at Wimbledon). Likes travelling, tennis and reading. Loves working as a Project Manager at WebSitePulse.

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