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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #69. Build Skype Communities

Create a directory of Skype users who share similar interests, therefore building a community.

Works with: all versions of Skype.

Native Russian speakers willing to talk with other Skype users

Figure 7-8. Native Russian speakers willing to talk with other Skype users

Are you passionate about a particular area or subject? Then why not build your own Skype community around that interest to share information, talk and chat, and generally form a community of like-minded Skype users!

You first encountered Skype communities in "Learn to Speak a Foreign Language" [Hack #68] , where Jyve (http://www.jyve.com/) was introduced. However, Jyve is far more than just a community for language learners, as you can use it to create your own interest groups. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating your very own Skype-centric community:

  1. First, you must register with Jyve. To register with Jyve you must either be a Skype user, or commit to installing Skype and becoming a user in the near future. Jyve, after all, is an online community that uses Skype as the "glue" that binds the community together. During the registration process, you must give up some personal information (see Figure 7-10); but no one checks the accuracy of this information, so you don't need to divulge anything you don't feel comfortable with.

  2. Next, go to the Group area in Jyve and select from one of the top-level categories listed. For example, click on Computers ...

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