Be closer to the people you care about (whether they live nearby or not)
And share moments (long or short) with friends and family anywhere in the world
Possibly the best thing technology (tablets, phones and computers) can do for you is help you keep in touch with family and friends.
I don’t just mean letting you send emails instead of writing paper letters, though that can be handy.
Almost like you’re there…
There are so many ways you can use these tablets, phones and PCs to make it almost like you’re there – like you’re actually with your family and friends, even when you’re not.
While she’s still in the shop…
For example, imagine your friend, sister or daughter is out shopping for some new curtains, for example, and you could share opinions on how they’d go with the wallpaper while she’s in the shop looking at them. (Even if you’re sat at home at the time.)
Or what if you could see your nephew’s winning goal in a school football match and share opinions on it with his Mum and Dad, Aunt Maud in Harrogate and Uncle Bob in South Africa all at the same time.
Or even just swap comments on the news with family or friends – just as if you were sat in the room together. It doesn’t matter whether you live just down the road or miles away – either way, it can bring you closer.
It’s amazing, the different ways these gadgets can help you be closer to people who don’t live that close to you (or even those who do). The ways to share a moment (long or short) with people who you aren’t with at that moment.
And this is really possible – other people are doing it every day and enjoying feeling closer to the ones they care about. And if you know how, it can be simple and easy…
But it can be a pain in the neck, unless…
…on the other hand, if you don’t know how, it can be a pain in the neck – driving you absolutely mad (not to mention confusing the very friends you’re trying to communicate with!) Just when you think you’ll get to talk to your friend, it goes wrong and won’t let you. Or you get cut off part way. Or your comments don’t appear as part of the discussion or chat, so everyone thinks you’re ignoring them.
Not what you want!
Making the Miles Fade: Using your smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop to bring you closer to friends and family who live far away (and those who don’t)
Which is where a book called “Making the Miles Fade: Using your smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop to bring you closer to friends and family who live far away (and those who don’t)” comes in. Not the snappiest name, I know, but it does what the name says.
Amongst other things, it covers…
- The 6 ways you can use your techie gadgets to stay in touch – you probably don’t want all of them, but different ways work better for different situations. p4
- In the old days, you answered the phone by picking it up – simple. But now there are usually two ways – and even if you’ve never needed the second one yet, it’s worth you knowing it, in case it happens one day. Page 12
- If you’re ever a bit absent minded (like me), the second part of page 13 can be really handy – it’s saved my bacon a time or two!
- Most broadband companies will provide you with an email address, free of charge. There’s one big reason NOT to take them up on the offer (or to start using the alternative instead if you’ve already taken them up on it). p21
- Commenting – used right, this is one of the best ways to stay in touch with people. It’s better than just sending and reading messages because you can have several of you all sharing comments and replying, not just you and one other. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it. p49
That’s not all. I can’t mention everything here, but there’s also:
- Twitter – I don’t know how much you’ve heard of it, but most people don’t use it for keeping in touch. Most people seem to use it for ranting at people they disagree with! But you can use it for keeping in touch with friends and family – here’s how. p50
- WhatsApp – a great way to discuss things in a group (maybe a group of friends, or a family group or…) – whether it’s to just chat or plan something like a family reunion. p55
- Video calling. I can remember the first time I used Skype to make a video call – it was like magic, even though back then it didn’t work very well. Now, it can work so much better and I use it loads. Skype isn’t necessarily your best option though – more on that here. p64
- Want to spread the word about a particular club or society or hobby? Or have you got something to say to the world? Blogging lets you talk to the whole world without leaving your sofa or desk (or bed, if you feel like it!) Here’s a quick run-down on how. p81
As I say, I can’t list it all here, but don’t be put off if it seems like a lot. You can choose which bits you want to bother about and leave the other things. Come back to them later on… or don’t – up to you.
Everything is explained nice and easily, in plain simple language to make it as easy as possible to follow whether you use a phone, tablet or PC. There are pictures of the screen to show you exactly where to click or tap to make it a doddle to follow how to do it – all done one step at a time.
But that’s only part of the story
I’ve talked about how tablets, phones and PCs can help you be closer to your friends and family… and they can.
But they can also help you get to know new people in the first place.
Whether it’s people you want to chat to online… or people to meet in the real world…
People you want as friends… or something closer….
Or whether you’re interested in something particular and wish you could find other people as enthusiastic about it as you are (anything from growing rare rose varieties to BSA classic motorbikes to Meccano models of clocks to… well pretty much anything).
Meeting People Online: Find friendship, find love, find other folk with the same weird & wonderful interests as you (whether you want to meet up in real life or keep it all online)
All of that is covered in a book with a slightly different slant: “Meeting People Online: Find friendship, find love, find other folk with the same weird & wonderful interests as you (whether you want to meet up in real life or keep it all online)”.
For example, in it you’ll discover:
- You’ve heard of Facebook, I’m sure. It’s a great way to keep in touch – but you can also use it as a way to meet new people and groups. Whether it’s groups of people into particular hobbies or interests (book clubs, gardening groups, craft or hobby groups) or local groups – almost anything you can think of.
- Forums are a great way to meet people with a similar interest. You can discuss things online… and quite a lot of forums have real-world meet-ups as well… and you might find there are a handful of people also into under-water basket weaving or whatever you’re interested in that live nearby… and you’d have never even known!
- Some bits of jargon explained – you might not know what “NGD” or “TIC” means or what a “whoosh parrot” is – page 48 has an explanation (and what to do if you come across other bits of jargon like this)
- Online dating – it’s becoming more and more popular. And despite some of the stories you hear, not every attractive, interesting sounding person who lives half an hour away is actually a Russian mafia gangster bent on conning you out of your very soul. In chapter 3 you’ll find out all about it – the pros, cons, how it works and some advice if you feel like you might want to try it – including a few different “dating apps” that you could try and which ones are best for what.
- My advice before you commit to using any of the dating sites – page 76
- Joining a local club – instead of looking on local noticeboards, you can do this… you might be surprised at some of the clubs that exist near you that you never knew about. Page 78
- If you’ve ever thought about volunteering for anything, page 95 onwards might help you get stuck in… and get more out of it.
That’s not all of course… but I can’t list everything here. Not that you have to use everything in the book – like the first book, you can pick and choose the bits that are useful to you.
You don’t have to have the books as a pair – but it might help you get even more out of them.
So how much are the books?
Most smartphones cost £200 or more – similar for most tablets. Laptops and desktops tend to be a bit more.
Plus you pay for the broadband connection or a “data package” for your smartphone… and yet you might not be getting all you could out what you’ve spent on it, just because no-one’s ever shown you what’s covered in these books.
But you’ll be glad to know these books don’t cost anything like those amounts. “Making the Miles Fade” is just £12.97 and “Meeting People Online” is just £9.97 and there’s only one lot of P&P of £2.99, no matter how many books you order.
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