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Apps Keep in Touch with Family While Studying Abroad

Postby yoshewale » Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:37:24 -0500

The greatest good news for students as well as parents of wards studying abroad is that it is easier today than ever before to stay in touch.

For today’s youth, keeping in touch with family and friends while studying away from home has never been easier. Here are five smartphone applications that make keeping in contact with people a pleasure.

1 – Keek
Keek is a social video application that allows you to connect with friends via video. You can video chat in real-time, subscribe to other users and even send video-based private messages to up to 36 people at once. Described as ‘the Twitter for video-based status updates’ by TechCrunch and as ‘a combination of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter’ by Forbes, Keek is available for some Blackberry devices and most Android and iOS devices, including tablets.

2 – WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a device-agnostic instant messaging application that allows Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian and Windows Phone users to send each other text-based instant messages, as well as video, photography and audio. Because it operates over the same internet data plan that you use for browsing the net and checking your e-mails, the service is entirely free – that’s why it has 200 million users and handles over ten billion messages every day.

3 – Snapchat
Despite being touted as a sexting app, Snapchat is a great way to send quick updates to your friends and family. The app, which is particularly popular with youngsters, allows you to send photographs and videos with a timer attached to them – the recipient can view them for up to ten seconds, before the images automatically delete themselves. Because of this, it’s easy to let people know what you’ve been up to without worrying about posterity.

4 – Google+
While it’s unlikely that you’ll use Google+ in the same way as you might use Facebook to keep your connections updated with your daily life, it does have one saving grace that’s perfect for keeping in touch with the folks back home. Enter Hangouts – Google+’s video calling system that’s like Skype, only better. With Hangouts, you can share a video call with up to ten different people at a time, and you can share your screen as well – useful if you need some help with your dissertation.

5 – 1 Second Every Day
Sure, you want to speak to your parents and your best friend on a regular basis, but what about those people who you don’t see as often? How can you show them quickly and easily what you’ve been up to for the last six months? Enter 1 Second Every Day, the brainchild of Cesar Kuriyama – he filmed a second of his life every day and spliced it all together. This application lets you do the same, and it’s a great way to communicate a huge amount of information in a short space of time. Just watch the video below to see how it works in practice.

No matter where you are in the world and no matter where your friends and family are living, it’s never been easier to keep in touch with them. - Read more

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Re: Apps Keep in Touch with Family While Studying Abroad

Postby hardis » Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:32:56 -0500

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Postby Gleedaniel13 » Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:49:56 -0500

That was a very helpful lists that you have shared to us here. I agree that it is much easier for now to get in touch with our family even if we are at abroad, because of the very fast rising technology. I think you have forgot the skype as a better means of communications.
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