This ad (below) completely reminds me of my daughter and her use of technology and how quickly trends change. Just a couple of years ago it seemed we chose apps based on how well they worked, if they were available for all our devices, and how rich their features were.
If we wanted to IM or “instant message” we could use Google Chat, Skype, maybe Viber. A while back she asked if she could install Oovoo, yet another video chat option I’d never heard of. Loving my daughter and wanting to keep her interest in technology up-to-date I said but of course. But also loving my daughter and wanting to keep my interest in technology up-to-date I installed Oovoo. Signing up they try and match you with others you know already on their service, but there was nobody I’d normally want to chat online with. A couple of her little buddies “friended me”, but I can’t imagine texting or video chatting with 13 year olds that aren’t mine. I should also mention I really didn’t like this app. Their desktop version had really large banner ads, and the few times I tried using it the video and audio quality wasn’t that impressive. Furthermore it didn’t solve any problems or add any features, using it seemed like a step down from the options we’ve been using for a decade now.
A month or two after she’d gotten my permission to install Oovoo and I was on the road I tried to video chat with her. She wasn’t available. So I let her know I tried “Ooovooing” her when I saw her next. Her response, much like this ad: Nobody uses Oovoo anymore. We us Kik.