I’m with the band – happy birthday from Skype

By Naomi Mackay,

Here’s how to be your mate’s new BFF – sign up to Skype’s newest service and wish them the best birthday ever with a bit of help from bands including Imogen Heap, Parlotones, Bowling for Soup, Charlie Simpson and Kill the Young.

Obviously, this is only going to work if your friend is young/trendy enough to have even heard of any of them. If they are, then here’s how it works.

Skype Birthday

Head to Skype’s Facebook page and click on the Say it with Skype app. Then choose which friend is going to get the video greeting – and then choose which of the 10 bands taking part they’d like to hear from.

You can have a bit of fun yourself, by singing along with the band’s pre-recorded performance using your own video webcam.

You could also personalise your message by adding a profile pic and writing a personal message for the band to hold up.

Do this and you’ll also get a one week free trial of Skype’s new group vieo call feature. I used this last week for a group conference call, and it was pretty effective, although of course it is only as effective as your broadband connection.

Other bands taking part are Ash, Body Language, CSS and Scarlett Grey.