Fab, funny, royal, inspirational and worldly people have relied on Skype for personal, business and educational reasons. Check out some of the most interesting people who have used Skype over the past 10 years.
When the “Queen of Talk” used Skype to set up video calling for her series discussing Eckhart Tolle’s book, she didn’t know that Skype would become such an integral part of her show, connecting viewers, guests and animals all over the world. Ever the trendsetter, her lead was followed by countless other broadcast networks and stations, which began using Skype to interview guests. Truly impressed, Oprah said, “It’s changing the way we do television!” During “Where In The Skype Are You?” Oprah spent an entire episode of her show using Skype to communicate with people above the Earth, beneath the sea and even a retail store in New York City.
The Royal Family
For the Royal Family, Skype is a family affair, and the whole family embraces modern technology – from Prince Charles to Prince Harry – despite their traditional roots. A few years back, Prince Harry used Skype to speak to the Queen and the rest of his family while on duty in Afghanistan during the holidays. And earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) participated in a Skype chat with a charity in Glasgow.
Using Skype group video calling and Ustream, the pop singer engaged with “Little Monsters” and answered several lucky fans’ questions.
Last month, Simon Cowell – talent mogul, X Factor judge and the man behind One Direction – answered fans and celebs’ biggest questions sent via video message. He opened up to us about many juicy details from his life, including his most prized possession, Demi Lovato’s behind-the-scenes prank, and his craziest quirks (including karaoke fears).
A fan of virtual competitions, the late night TV host frequently conducts “Skype Scavenger Hunts” which pit two teams against each other in a series of silly tasks on a group video call. Over the years, he’s recruited several additional interesting people to join in the fun, including One Direction, Kris Humphries and Robert Pattinson.
This renowned British explorer and self-proclaimed clown, trekked to the top of Mount Everest for two important reasons. He made the first Skype video call from the top of the mountain and proceeded to place a red clown nose on the mountain’s peak – both as part of his effort to raise money for the anti-poverty charity Comic Relief.
Who needs snail mail – or even email – when Santa can be reached by Skype! Known to use our instant messaging to chat with elves in the workshop and video call Mrs. Claus on Christmas Night, Kris Kringle has even reached out to some special schools – regardless if they were naughty or nice – to spread Holiday cheer.
Are you there Skype? It’s me, Judy. The children’s writer uses Skype to talk with children in classrooms all over the country, giving her the opportunity to engage with students on a personal level.
From the North Pole to the South Pole, this explorer has traveled the world – and brought Skype with him wherever he went. His worldly experience has made him an asset to educators, and he frequently participates in Skype in the classroom projects, discussing environmental change with school kids.
David Mayer de Rothschild
The British adventurer, ecologist and environmentalist (with a beard that could rival Marco Polo’s) sailed across the Pacific Ocean on a sustainable boat called the “Plastiki,” made from recycled plastic bottles. Now, David loves to use Skype to talk to classrooms about his experiences on the Plastiki, while educating students about what his job entails.
In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to spreading the message of peace across the world. Jeremy uses Skype to spread his organization’s message and has spread the word of peace through video calls with students in Ghana, Mongolia, Monaco, Denmark, Norway and Egypt, among many other countries. Skype enables the world’s conversations, and so does Peace One Day.
This November, Fabien Cousteau (grandson of famed explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau) will lead a record-breaking marine expedition known as Mission 31, where he and his team will live underwater in the Aquarius Laboratory for 31 days while spending six to nine hours each day exploring the ocean. Students around the world will be able to take part in this unique educational experience through Skype in the classroom with educational talks, collaborative lessons and live experiences from the world’s leading marine experts.
Ed Gallagher is the definition of interesting. From the outside, he seems just like any of us – his favorite activities include skiing, sailing and biking. But what makes him remarkably inspiring is his ability to follow his passions while blind. In his late 40’s, Gallagher was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease. Fearing his sailing days were over, he joined the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, and soon after created the Genoa System which allowed him to wear a webcam around his forehead. Through Skype, he communicates with a “guide” that tells him about his surroundings, allowing Ed to participate in all the activities he once worried he would never be able to do again.
Families of Militaries Serving Overseas
And last but not least, we salute the troops serving overseas who turn to Skype to stay close with their loved ones in the United States. We are honored that Skype has been able to make a difference in the lives of so many military families.