CHAT AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
--Skype to Skype voice, video, and conference calls, as well as instant messaging, are free but limited to 2 people at a time. It is free to download and allows you to send documents and pictures. Calls to phones are available through monthly subscriptions. SMS text rates vary. You can buy a number that rings in your home overseas.
--Social network through instant messaging,
photo sharing, status updates, and more.
--Free video chat with up to 9 people, includes instant messaging (replacing Google Chat) and the ability to send photos.
--A microblog with a limit of 140 characters at a time. Subscribe to friends / family accounts to receive all of their updates.
--A free, fully customizable blog on which you can share posts easily with other social media.
Blogger (via Google)
--A free blog website that allows your family and friends to view and comment on your posts.
--A blog site that provides free pre-formatted blog templates. Friends and family can view on comment on posts.
PHOTO STORAGE AND SHARING
- Store and send photos and videos via email or instant message.
--Free limited storage. Allows you to store and organize photos for friends and family.
--If you already use Gmail or have a Google account, you already have access to Picasa. It provides 1GB free storage.
TELEVISION NETWORKING for VIEWING U.S. PROGRAMMING
StrongVPN (For use on a personal device)
--A subscription service that makes your IP address appear as a US IP address when you log on. Foreign Service personnel use this service to watch the standard networks (CBS, ABC and NBC) plus NFL games. There are several packages to choose from.