For a long time I was quite pissed off by people who use the “invisible” function on Skype (if you really do not want people to write you messages, just use do not disturb…). There were a couple such people in my contacts and I constantly needed to write them messages or make a call to make sure they are actually online. But sometimes this looks stupid, especially if the person is not your close friend. Also, there sometimes were cases with people ignoring me and later making excuses that they actually were away from Skype.
This kind of problem was partly solved on Facebook: now you can see if the people have read your message (there is a “Seen” notification at the bottom). But now (FINALLY) I have found an app (addon/extension if you will), for Skype users which actually solves both problems and does even more. First, it shows if your friend is actually online, despite the invisible mode (it will show a black icon near the person). Also, it immediately notifies you if the person has read your message (there is “Seen” notification, just like in Facebook messages). Amazing, huh?
You can see the screenshots of the addon in action (I’ve created a separate Skype account and just asked a couple of friends to be test subjects since I didn’t want to show off my personal accounts). By the way, all my friends that I’ve shown the app to also use it and think that it is just a miracle and should have been already created 100 years ago!
But wait, there is more! It does one more great thing: it delivers your messages even if you are offline! For example, you want to send “Hi” to a person who is currently offline. You write “Hi”, a grey spinning cicrle appears and unless the recipient goes online before you exit your Skype, he does not receive the message (i.e. you both need to be online in order for the message to be delivered). However, now this app allows you to disconnect and the person will still receive the message as soon as he or she connects. Amazing! Helps me alot in the work. I have not tried with sending files, maybe it does not work, but hey, you can always use a file hosting!
So this is probably it, just get the app, you will love it! The instalation is easy and fits most Skype versions (it determines the version itself during the installation).