The FaceTime for Mac beta released yesterday works pretty well, but it's not exactly convenient in a few ways. One way to make it easier for those with both iPhones and a Mac/Book at home? Set up separate Apple IDs.
Reader Rob K writes in with a tested tip on setting up FaceTime for a multi-user home. As noted in Gizmodo's review, FaceTime for Mac works through your system address book and doesn't know who's actually online. Rather than guess which household member happened to be near the iMac, Rob did this:
My wife and I both have iPhones—but the iMac at home should not use our info. Rather, I created a new email address and apple ID just for Facetime on the Mac. That way, we can FaceTime "home". I want to call anyone in the house, versus blindly guessing who is logged on.
... For a naming convention, I am using [email protected] as the email. I assume that eventually, more than computer/ipad may have face time.
That's good thinking, and Adam P. notes that when you're first signing into FaceTime from the Mac, there's an option and button for creating and verifying a separate email account, one you can use with your existing Apple ID.