There are 124 million Skype account holders worldwide.
8.1 million of them are paying customers.
Facebook has 750 million users worldwide.
THOUGHT: In an age of ubiquitous mobile phone use, Internet telephony has not exactly taken off as one might have imagined.
That makes this afternoon’s announcement by Facebook that they will integrate Skype-powered video calls within the social network a mighty big deal for Skype.
Will it be enough to push video chat into a mainstream commonplace communications medium?
I think the biggest obstacle may well be vanity. People don’t want to participate in video chats when they’re having a bad hair day.
Nevertheless, this does take Facebook one step closer to becoming your one indefensible tool: Your address book.
KEYWORD WEDNESDAY: Facebook Announcement and Facebook News are the top two searches at Google today, respectively. [CHART.]
Thank you for William Faulkner.
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