Boomer Grandparents was created to provide a sharing place
for Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) who are
experiencing the joys and challenges of grandparenting
in this high-tech world.

Skype Or FaceTime? What’s the Difference?


skype vs facetime


What's the difference between Skype and FaceTime to make video calls?  It hadn't occurred to me that I'd switched from using Skype to using FaceTime to speak with, see and laugh with my grandkids (from about 7 states away), until my daughter became the new owner of a Mac Laptop.  Essentially, that's it.  If you have family that use Apple products and you use a PC, then Skype  (a Microsoft product) is for you.  If everyone uses Apple products, you can use either one.  Basically, for what us Boomer Grandparents need, they both do about the same thing.

With FaceTime all it takes is a simple tap, and you can make video calls over Wi-Fi from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to someone else’s.  Use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your phone or computer or a TV with Skype on it. Either way, it's face-to-face communicating in REAL time.

Just a few years ago, it was unimaginable to think the 1st time one of my grandchildren would say my grandma name, would be via a computer screen, but it happened to me.  We'd been trying for months to get my then, 18 month old grandson to say "Mimi".  I was on FaceTime with all my grandkids and I asked him to say it AGAIN...with my daughter and granddaughters in a chorus admonishing me.... "he won't do it!"  I gave it one last beg, and he looked right at me with a big smile and said "MIMI"  It was a magic moment that I'd never have been able to experience years ago.  the last few times I've called via FaceTime, he hears my daughter open up her laptop and he comes barreling in the room yelling MIMI!?!

This new's just magic, and it allows grandparents, ESPECIALLY far-away grandparents to be included in their granchildrens lives, and be able to share memories that were not possible for our parents. It's so awesome a communicating tool, that in and of itself should motivate even the non-techiest of grandparents to learn how to use it.

If you're interested in a relatively easy to understand explanation of the difference between Skype and Facebook, click this link: