Skype on Oprah – End of an Era

Today marks Oprah’s last show. Over the past two days her “finale” show at the United Center in Chicago became a tribute to how she was regarded as a mentor to many and her ability to change lives in a very meaningful way. And after 25 years it’s down to one final show broadcast today.

While she was not quite a pioneer in using Skype for broadcast television production, she was a pioneer in building awareness of Skype and its ability to build relationships and short-circuit technology barriers through her frequent use of Skype for remote interviews and conversations. She became so enamoured of Skype that she dedicated an entire show to demonstrating how Skype could be used.

Today, Skype’s Melanie Salvatierra writes A Salute to Oprah from Skype and her once-in-a-lifetime experience of working with the Harpo team. She was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the United Center event last week.

The honor has been ours to not only become a powerful tool for The Oprah Winfrey Show, helping her share important life lessons and entertaining moments; the honor has been ours having Oprah call Skype, “The coolest thing ever.” We will miss The Oprah Winfrey Show and we wish Oprah the best luck in her new endeavor at OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

Go over to Melanie’s post for links to some video clips from a segment of her show “Where The Skype Are You?”.

Bottom Line: Thanks, Oprah, for giving many people hope through your love. You provided a positive environment and encouragement for people to succeed and, especially over the past weekend, demonstrated that the world is not coming to an end but rather, a little self-initiative, courtesy, sense of humor and positive thinking can go a long way towards alleviating life’s challenges. You changed many lives.

Click here for all posts covering Oprah and her association with Skype.

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