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VoIP Hacks by Theodore Wallingford

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Hack #32. Speak Jyve

Skype is not just a communications tool; it's a social-networking platform, too.

Skype inherits many of the cool features of instant messaging, including presence, that useful list of status names that your buddies can use to see whether you're available to chat. This includes status indicators that tell if you are Away, Busy, or Available—and, of course, Skype Me, which allows you to connect to people around the world interested in chatting with strangers. But wouldn't it be cool if you could put a status indicator on your web site so that folks would know whether it's a good time to Skype you?

Thanks to Jyve, you can do precisely that. Jyve is a social-networking service for Skype that adds some pretty useful features to an already great application. (If your social life is in need of new features, though, you might need the input of something other than Jyve.) Aside from being able to publish your status on your home page, visitors to your page will be able to request a phone call (a Skype or old-fashioned phone call) from you via a text message that is sent to your Skype client. That way, even if you aren't there to chat, the message will be waiting on your screen when you return.

Jyve even provides the equivalent of a V-Card contact record for your web site, which Jyve calls a Q-Card. It's a web page hosted by Jyve that contains your Skype information and a form that visitors can use to text-message you (even if they don't have Skype). Using a bit of JavaScript ...

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