As if you need more people talking at you in more places, Facebook has teamed up with Skype to integrate video calling into their social networking site.
The move has left Facebook looking a wee bit anxious as the announcement was made just one week after major competitor Google launched its own social networking service, Google+. As each company vies for users’ attention, things are certainly heating up in the social networking service race.
With a rousing promotional video that shows video callers rather cheesily saying “I love you” in their native tongue, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the deal this morning (NZT) and at the same time announced Facebook has reached 750 million users. For its part, Skype currently has about 145 million users.
Users now have the option to phone a friend with a ‘call’ function that runs alongside the ‘message’ and ‘poke’ functions on a friend’s profile page. Some commentators are already concerned that the convergence of the two services means that with the click of a button, all your Facebook friends will instantly be Skype contacts too. Perhaps a bit of an overkill.
Last week Zuckerberg hinted that “something awesome” was coming along and in spite of Microsoft acquiring Skype for US $8.5 million (NZ$10.2 million) earlier this year, he says the acquisition won’t change the the Skype function on Facebook.