Skype Planner: How To Host A Skype Virtual Baby Shower!

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Web Baby Shower Skype Planner

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Web Baby Shower offers a Skype Planner that makes it easy to coordinate planned group video chats. The Planner is offered as a convenience and an aid to facilitate the planning and coordination of a video group call. Web Baby Shower allows you to choose any existing service, we just call it the Skype planner because it’s a popular choice. Web Baby Shower does not host  integrated video chat, so you can choose any service you are familiar with.

The Skype Planner displays a video chat schedule on your Web Baby Shower and you may use the Web Baby Shower Invitation Manager to invite your guests.

Total Video Chat Participants by Service:  ALL require accounts

Skype 10 not on mobile
Google Hangout 10 mobile with app
Facebook Messenger 6 (more w/ no video) mobile with app
 Zoom.us  49  mobile with app
Note: These are the technical maximum participants. Depending on internet connections you may have better results with less connections.
zoom video chat max desktop example

A Zoom video chat with the maximum 49 participants. This is in gallery mode, available on desktop and mobile only using their free downloaded app and free account.

The information on this page is meant to introduce you to the Skype Planner feature. If you need specific information about using the Skype Planner, please visit the Web Baby Shower
Skype Planner Help page
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Video Chat Checklist:

  • Choose your service
  • Do a test chat with expecting parents and important guests, make sure it’s going to meet your needs before you announce it
  • Decide on a date, and maybe a back-up plan for the video chat
  • Let everyone know via the Planner, and email the platform and info
  • A few days before, make sure everyone really has the account/software they need and are actually ready. Test video calls are great for this!
  • If you’re combining a live shower with video chat, delegate the video chat hosting to a co-host comfortable with the service
  • Tip: if you have a big group, see if some people can gather together for the video chats with the expecting mother, it can be a lively solution for big groups

Choosing Skype or Another Live Chat Service

How do you choose which video chat service to use? Good question! …It depends. Choosing a video chat service depends on the services with which you and your guests are most comfortable, the services currently used by you and your guests, and the number of people you hope to include in the video chat.

Skype

Skype is an excellent option for those who already have Skype installed on their laptop or desktop computers, are familiar with their services, and are friends with the video chat participants.

Though Skype limits the number of individuals who can participate in a video chat to 10, it is suggested that no more than 5 participate during one conference to ensure maximum quality and performance. Further, the Skype mobile app does not allow group video chat participation. If guests would like to use their mobile devices, they will be able to participate by audio only.

Google Hangouts

Another popular video chat service is Google Hangouts. In order for individuals to participate in a Google Hangouts video chat, everyone will need to have a Google account (either Google+ or gMail, etc.). Further, Google Hangouts allows 10 participants in a video chat at a time.

Other Services

There are many popular video chat applications available online, including ooVoo and Facebook Messenger. Much like Skype and Google Hangouts, participants must have accounts with each service. Unlike Skype and Google Hangouts, ooVoo allows 12 video chat participants and Facebook Messenger allows up to 6 participants in one group video chat, up to 50 for voice/emoji/stickers. Web Baby Shower suggests that you choose which service to use based upon the preferences of the expecting parents and the host(s).

Whatever you use, please be sure that you supply your guests with all the information they will need prior to the scheduled group video chat. Be sure that your guests have all of the information they need to create an account, download software or apps, and accept ‘friend’ requests from the host(s) of the video chat.

You may find that you want to host video chats across a variety of platforms to accommodate guest preferences. Should you find yourself in the position to host video chats across multiple platforms, you can add additional events to the Skype Planner page as you would like.

Turn Off the Skype Planner

If you do not wish to host a video chat event during your Web Baby Shower, that’s also fine! If you do not wish to host a live chat or video chat of any type, you are able to turn off the Skype Planner so that it is not included in your Web Baby Shower.

Web Baby Shower is web-based to ensure that everyone can participate even if they are unable to make it to an in-person or live chat event.

Web Baby Shower Customer Support for Third Party Applications

Please understand Web Baby Shower customer support is dedicated solely to questions, concerns, or issues related to Web Baby Shower use and features. Web Baby Shower customer support is unable to provide technical support for any third party video chat or live chat service, nor is Web Baby Shower responsible for any third party application service outage or interruption.

If you or your guests need assistance with your video chat service, you must contact customer support for your chosen service. For your convenience, links to customer support for the referenced video chat services are included below.

Facebook Help Center: Video Calling Basics

Google Hangouts Help: Start a Video Call

Zoom Support

Skype Help & Support

As always, if you need Web Baby Shower assistance or you experience a technical error while using the Web Baby Shower Planner, please contact Web Baby Shower Customer Support.

Other Suggestions

If you are hosting both an in-person shower and the Web Baby Shower, you may want to delegate the video chat hosting to a co-host. Web Baby Shower recommends that you do not attempt to host a video chat during an in-person shower; rather, add a (tech-savvy) co-host to ensure that the video chat goes smoothly!

Finally, have a back-up plan! Due to circumstances beyond a person’s control, you may find that you are unable to host the video chat at the scheduled time. Web Baby Shower suggests that you schedule an alternate date and time in addition to the primary date and time. While the majority of video chats continue as planned, when things go wrong, it’s helpful to have another date and time scheduled so everyone can try again.

Web Baby Shower Help

This page is meant to introduce you to the Skype Planner that is included with all Web Baby Showers. If you need specific information that is not here on using the Skype Planner for your Web Baby Shower, please see the Web Baby Shower Help section.

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