Marco Polo Has Changed The Way My Family Communicates

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Have you heard of Marco Polo? Not the swimming pool game, the video chat app.

 

Kathy Streib, the Queen of apps, told me about it some time ago, but I didn't check it out until recently.

It has changed the way my family communicates.

It's so convenient and so much fun. 

 

It started with our recent four-week roadtrip.  My family had been using Snapchat for messaging, but Snapchat messages disappear after 24 hours. I wanted to stay in touch with my family, while documenting the trip, with messages that could be saved.

I decided to give Marco Polo a try.

Not only was it awesome for the trip, it has become our primary way of communicating.

We use it for one-on-one messaging, but my family primarily uses it to talk as a group...my mom, husband, two daughters, two sons-in-law and my daughter-in-law. 

 

 

Here's how Marco Polo works:

 

First step is to create a list of contacts. (It's easy, just send invitations.)

 

You hit start to begin a video and hit stop to end it. 

Your contacts can watch and respond in real time or whenever it's convenient for them. Sometimes everyone is there at once and the conversation lasts awhile, but usually people chime in when they have the time.

Think of it as a walkie talkie in video format.

You can delete videos as you wish.

If you delete your own video it is deleted everywhere. If you delete the video message of someone else, it is only deleted from your view.

There are filters and voice changers you can play with. Filters come in handy when you don't feel camera pretty.

 

 

 

Marco Polo has helped my family connect in more ways than just messaging...

 

My parents live in Florida and one of my daughters lives in New York, but we see each other every day using this app.

 

My mom's sister, Eleanor, is in assisted living. When I visit Eleanor, she also gets to "visit" Mom via Marco Polo.

 

A couple of months ago my husband found his birth mother (and two sisters) via Ancestry DNA. When we drove to NJ to meet them we used Marco Polo to include my family who otherwise couldn't have shared in the experience.

 

Yesterday my mom used Marco Polo to tell us that my dad was having extreme pain in his leg and couldn't walk. Updates from the hospital and after he had x-rays and after they got home were all done using the app.

She was able to communicate to the group... without dialing, without typing... easily and quickly...in real time...simply by pressing START and STOP.

She let us know this morning that Dad is doing much better.

 

 

Thank you Kathy for the great suggestion.

We are really enjoying Marco Polo!

 

 

 

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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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If my mom would ditch that damned cheap cricket phone of hers, we could do this!!! She has a hard time mastering facetime with my sister who's in Cleveland (she's in FL) and since I'm here in Oregon, it would be SO EASY!! 

But, no. Alas, I spent time with her at her place in FL just last week and as smart as she is--and she is WICKED SMART--she doesn't want to deal with navigating through learning yet another bit of technology at the tender age of almost 88. Who could blame her?? 

Feb 04, 2019 05:59 PM #32
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Sharon Tara
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate  Well I certainly don't blame her. I dread learning new technology!

Feb 05, 2019 09:16 AM #33
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Bruce Kunz
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Glad your Dad is doing better & hope he continues to do so.

This is an interesting concept that I'll look into. Thanks to you and Kathy for pointing it out .
Bruce.

Feb 09, 2019 06:55 PM #34
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Shirley Coomer
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I haven't heard of this but will be checking it out!  I love you hit start to begin and stop to end.  I can do this!

Feb 09, 2019 08:41 PM #35
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Sharon Tara 
Now this is very interesting! We should Marco Polo Kathy Streib who is moving and wish her peaceful days during the move! All the best - Lynn

Feb 10, 2019 01:13 AM #36
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

That looks and sounds like a wonderful app Sharon, we use WhatsApp but this is fun as you can add so many people to a group. Will have to give it a try.

Feb 10, 2019 06:28 AM #37
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Bruce Kunz  We are having a lot of fun with it. My cousin visited yesterday, and we used it so she could say hi to my parents. It is very convenient.

Shirley Coomer  And...you watch at your convenience. I hope you like it!

Lynn B. Friedman  It's ironic, but I have not used it with Kathy...it's really a great idea because I haven't had the time for an actual phone call. Polo would be the way to go.

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  We really do love it and use it every day. A couple of days ago I was at the grocery store and my phone kept beeping. I checked and it was my family all talking on Polo. I watched their video conversation throughout the store and had it playing all the way home. It was all live...even though I was busy I didn't miss out.

 

Feb 10, 2019 07:20 AM #38
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Kathy Streib
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Sharon- my former hairdresser moved to Hawaii and was used to Face timing her mother who is on the East Coast. I told her about Marco Polo and she's been using it so that they can at least see each other. 

Feb 10, 2019 06:22 PM #39
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Good morning Sharon Tara ,

Well this is certainly a new one on me. What a great idea!! Its so easy and better than other apps. I recently have acquired a client who is from here but recently moved to Panama. He uses Whats App and is good for us..no emailing but does require typing. Thank you for sharing the info on Marco Polo!

Feb 11, 2019 07:59 AM #40
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Kathy Streib  We LOVE it! It is crazy how often we use it. So glad you told me about it.

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  It is so easy, fast and very convenient. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Feb 11, 2019 02:06 PM #41
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Leave it to Kathy Streib .  She is a whiz at apps.  Marco Polo sounds like something I'm also going to have to give a try to.  Glad your dad is doing better, Sharon Tara .

Feb 11, 2019 07:21 PM #42
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Marney Kirk
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Sharon, thank you for sharing your experience with this app. I am going to download it for my family now!

Feb 12, 2019 08:32 AM #43
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Sharon Tara ... first, glad to hear that your Dad is doing better.  Hoping he continues on to complete and good health.

But thank you for sharing this info about Marco Polo ... I had never heard of it.  But I'm wondering if it couldn't be used for business purposes as well?  Will have to think more on that ... but wondering if anyone has tried it in that manner??

Gene

Feb 12, 2019 10:55 AM #44
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Hi Sharon Tara, glad to hear your dad is doing better, when you are thousands of miles away, apps like Marco Polo certainly help keep in touch with loved ones.  

Feb 12, 2019 12:33 PM #45
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Diana Dahlberg
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I never heard of this app but I will check it out. So glad you shared actual applications and happy to hear your dad is doing better. Congrats on the Featured post. Well deserved Sharon Tara 

 

Feb 12, 2019 02:10 PM #46
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Elyse Berman, PA  Kathy is the app wizard! Thank you re: dad. He is back to his old self again.

Marney Kirk  Yeeaahh! I hope your family likes it as much as we do.

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  Thank you. We were relieved that it wasn't anything serious. He is doing great now.

I've only ever used the app for personal use. I would think it would be great for business. You will have to try it and let us know.

Beth Atalay  Thank you! He is much better...back to normal. I'm hoping he stays that way!

Diana Dahlberg  Thank you! It was a relief that dad just had a muscle issue and was good as new the next day. 

Feb 13, 2019 07:59 AM #47
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Sharon Tara I just went on the site and it seems there are a number of glitches. Have you experienced any of those?

 

Feb 13, 2019 11:23 AM #48
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Diana Dahlberg   Never had a problem and we use it constantly...multiple times every day. 

Feb 13, 2019 01:31 PM #49
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Glad to hear that Sharon Tara .

Feb 16, 2019 03:53 AM #50
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Thank you, thank you to you and Kathy Streib !  My daughters are in 3 other states and we've done some crazy things trying to Facetime before.  I love this idea so I can share a video with grandkids!  Done!

Feb 16, 2019 05:13 PM #51
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