Move over Hangouts: Facebook plus Skype

Jul. 07, 2011 | by Georgie Wright

As predicted by the rumor mill buzzing around earlier this week Facebook and Skype have joined forces to offer a free video calling service direct from the world’s leading social network.

Rolling out internationally in the next few weeks, the Skype collaboration which has been in development for the last six months, is direct competition to one of the most highly favoured USPs in Google’s launch into the social networking arena, Google+. Google’s offering of Hangouts offers free video conferencing for up to 10 people, Facebook and Skype offers the same free service, in browser also for ease of user experience – so what’s different? Facebook already has the magical 750m user milestone, offering a service like this makes the site even stickier for users, giving them even less incentive to make the leap, friends and all, to another network. Advantage over.

As we’ve always said, the proof will be in the pudding. Will there be a public exodus from Facebook to the way of Google+? Gut feeling at this time is that Facebook is still looking pretty stable and with even more developments like this in the wings why would you move?

What’s the Google+ retort going to be?

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    Comments (7)

    • Ben Bale

      You can actually export your facebook contacts, just requires a dusting off of your old yahoo mail account ;-)Jul 7, 2011 03:34 pm

    • gwright

      So it seems that we should be saying 'Watch out Twitter?' - what do you guys think?Jul 7, 2011 03:31 pm

    • Benni

      That's it. Twitter will be the first one effected. To attack facebook will be much more difficult. Mainly because of tough blockade tactics: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/facebook-blocks-google-extension-that-pulls-contacts/Jul 7, 2011 03:19 pm

    • gwright

      Some great points!


      Ben - agreed that the group chat will be the next obvious development, and in fact I thought it was already until reading some of the more detailed reports of  the function today. Spartan is definitely going to be a massive game changer!


      Benni - I am enjoying the organisational benefits of Google+ definitely but from using these sites in a completely social way I enjoy the communication and information sharing available via friends rather than contacts. I do think that there are places for both, potentially Google+ taking over my twitter in more of a corporate manner. Could Twitter actually be the one that is effected?


      Greg - nice post and hadn't considered it, I'll check out further!


      g

      Jul 7, 2011 02:47 pm

    • Gregory Lyons

      Quite an interesting take on this over at Techcrunch.  Skype is currently banned in the UAE but Facebook is used by approximately half the population.  Now that Skype has been integrated into Facebook will the government also ban Facebook?  Surely they couldn't do this without a massive public outcryJul 7, 2011 01:30 pm

    • Benni

      Google+ is more than just a friends check out site. It is about organizing the webs informations including pics, video and news. GreetingsJul 7, 2011 10:51 am

    • Ben Bale

      The thing is, Google Hangouts is group video chat. Facebook have announced video chat and group chat.

      I get the feeling this was originally going to be an announcement for just video chat, then they saw Hangouts and thought - "quick, someone build group chat!"

      The skype deal wont really be a game changer overnight in my opinion, I could be very wrong though, depends on uptake.
      When Facebook push out their "Project Spartan" stuff though, I think they could seriously damage Google & Apple, after all - Facebook + web browser & mobile = a hell of a lot more power!Jul 7, 2011 10:12 am

     
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