Get social

The internet provides many free ways to stay in touch with your friends and family, and even meet people with similar interests. Here are some of the most popular.

Make free calls over the internet

Did you know that you can make free calls on the internet, even for international calls? Skype is the most popular free application for making calls online, and it’s available on PCs, tablet PCs and mobile phones. The service is free if the person you’re speaking to is also calling over the internet, but you can also use Skype to call mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates. Google Hangouts is another well-known service for making calls online.

If you’re using a computer, you’ll need a microphone so the other person can hear your voice. You can also use a webcam if you want them to talk face to face (optional).

Social networks

Social networking websites provide a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and keep up with your interests and hobbies.

Facebook is the most famous social network. You create a personal profile where you can share your thoughts, pictures, videos and interests with your friends and family. You’ll also be able to see what they’re posting on their ‘wall’, so it’s a great way to keep in touch. You can also follow organisations and people of interest and see their public posts. Facebook offers different privacy settings so you can be as open or private as you want with your posts.

Twitter is another popular site that enables you to post short messages to friends, family members, celebrities, and journalists – in fact, anyone you choose to follow. Twitter sets a 140 character limit to all messages, so users are encouraged to be brief and focus only on important or interesting points. While Twitter encourages public conversations, it’s possible to hide your profile from anyone you don’t ‘follow’, so you can use it just for chatting with friends and family.

Learn how to protect your privacy on social networks

Did you know that you can follow Age UK on a number of social networking sites? Follow Age UK on:

  • Facebook and Twitter for the all latest news on issues and events relating to older people
  • Instagram and Pinterest to view or share inspiring images
  • Google+ to keep informed about Age UK campaigns

The Gransnet forums are a great place to meet and talk to like-minded people about issues that matter to or interest you. We have selected some topics that we think you might want to discuss, but you're free to chat about any subject you like.

 

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How the internet changed Eve's life

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