My old friend Shilo from WMWM just IM'd me to test out his iChat audio feature.
The iChat dialog asked me if I wanted to accept an audio chat, so I clicked ACCEPT.
Next thing I heard was Shilo, "So are you on a PC or a Mac?"
I'm on a Mac
Are you on dial up?
I'm on broadband.
And it went on and on.
I broke in and asked him if he was going to say something like, "Hi Steve, How are you? I know that we haven't spoken in over three years."
We laughed about it.
Over the past few years we have kept in contact through email and IM's, but haven't actually spoken.
He felt comfortable enough to just start in with his techie questions in the audio iChat.
That's ok, but I think it would have been different if he'd called me on the phone.