I don't have a phone, said the spider to me,
To keep in touch with those in a far a way tree.
How do you talk with your friends far and near,
Surely the post is too slow I do fear.
So, while I was busy checking out the security settings that I put on my Facebook account, I noticed that there was a chat option in the bottom that indicated one of my friends was online. I clicked the "chat" button and then we could type notes back and forth. I also noticed there was a video chat option so we gave that a try as well. We each downloaded the application and then did a video call. The opening page (as it quickly disappeared) seemed to indicate that it was run by Skype.
It is fun that you can actually leave a video message as well.
Of course, the friend I was talking with online only lives about 15 minutes away, but . . . ?