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Does Skype have a “curate” button?

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Skype is so squishily intimate. It’s disconcerting to conduct business with the same technology my four-year-old uses to make funny faces at her grandparents in Florida.

Being a journalist, I occasionally use Skype to interview folks. But I make a point to turn off the video because hey, I work from home and yes, sometimes I’m messy.

But today I forgot to turn off the video. Midway through the interview, I realized the camera was on and this editor in England was probably being treated to a panoramic view of a half-eaten doughnut and the exploded contents of a laundry hamper.

He, on the other hand, was sitting in front of a sea-green wall punctuated with a lovely painting of a springtime meadow.

I think I need to designate a Skype wall in the house that’s well-dusted and lined with important-sounding books.

I bet that as I type this, some clever entrepreneur is launching a Skype staging service, similar to the type realtors use for homes that don’t sell. Bring on the off-white paint and Pottery Barn knockoff couch!



One Comment on “Does Skype have a “curate” button?”

  1. 1 Bridgette said at 5:03 pm on May 18th, 2011:

    I’ve never used skyp just for that reason, but I’ve thought that the only way I would use it is if I had a special background screen to use.
    I wonder if there’s a cheap way to do that and make it a business…

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