I’m not a techno-neophyte. But following up on my post of yesterday, I just wanted to provide a coda. Saturday night I called my younger sister, Beth, on Skype. She has two boys, the older of which turned seven on Saturday. I wanted to have a chance for me and my son (age six) to wish her son Happy Birthday.

While we were on Skype, our families set up Nintendo Wii Mario KART so that the boys could play – my son in Virginia, hers in Chicago. So we had a Skype conversation going, along with Nintendo Wii. Then my brother Dan (the one mentioned in the post yesterday) from Ann Arbor called — also on Skype — because we’d planned to have me and my son talk to his family that evening too. So I had to call Dan — on my cell phone — to tell him that I couldn’t Skype with them at the moment because I had my sister’s family on Skype at the same time. I eventually rung off Skype with Beth and Skyped Dan. While Dan and I were talking, Beth texted me with a text message that began: “just rounding out our tech fiesta with a text . . . .”

None of those technologies were (widely) available a decade ago — not alone, let alone simultaneously. My child can play video games with his young cousins as if they lived in the same building. If we set up Skype near them, they can interact on both the video game and computer simultaneously, with essentially no latency. I can talk to my siblings face to face, even if one is in Chicago and another in Ann Arbor. What an amazing world this is. What tremendous opportunities for connection.

And yes, I’m writing about it on my blog. And no doubt I will Tweet about it, too.