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.
--Google Hangouts is a free video chat with up to 10 people; includes voice calling and instand messaging with the ability to send photos, GIFs, maps, etc. Calls to any international Google Hangout contact are free.
Google Duo is a one-to-one face phone app that is similar to FaceTime (see below). Available on both iOS and Android.
--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.
--A popular visual platform where you can share photos of yourself and your travels to followers. You may make either a private or public account. Direct messaging available.
--Access is included with a Gmail or Google account. Provides free storage and photo sharing options.