I actually have some experience with this topic! I have used Skype quite a bit and really like it. I haven't used it much in the past couple months because of FaceTime on my iPhone. They are both really fun, and are great ways to keep in touch with people. I think that it makes online connection a lot more personal, because you are able to see the person you are communicating with. I read an article on geek.com that talks about a robot called Botiful that you are able to control via Skype with bluetooth or a USB cable. It is such a cool idea, there is a short video about Botiful on geek.com that explains it in detail. I think it would be fun to have Botiful to play around with while using Skype.
An article on businessweek.com talks about a great use for Skype, Skyping a doctor! According to the article there are not enough physicians in Georgia to serve the 1.9 million rural residents. I think this is awesome, people are now able to access medical help via Skype within minutes, instead of the hours that they had to drive previously. I think this technology is an asset and will be used in many more ways that I haven't thought of. It will be interesting to watch this technology grow and change.