1. ekafara's Avatar
    Facebook and Skype are now paired up.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/technology-14054860

    Facebook has announced a partnership with Skype to add video chat to the social networking site.
    The move is likely to be seen as a shot across the bow of Google, which recently launched a Facebook rival, Google+, also featuring video calling.
    This is not the first time Facebook and Skype have teamed up - they already share some instant messaging tools.
    Skype is in the process of being bought by Microsoft, which is a major shareholder in Facebook.
    The new video-call service was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who also revealed that the site now had more than 750 million users.
    However, he said that the total number of active users was no longer a useful measure of the site's success.
    Instead, the amount of sharing - of photographs, videos and web links - was a better indication of how people engaged with the site, explained Mr Zuckerberg.
    One to one
    At launch, Facebook's video chat service will only be able to connect two users face-to-face, whereas Google's system allows group video calls, known as Hangouts.
    Mr Zuckerberg said that it was likely that other "premium" Skype functions would be added in future.
    He also appeared to offer a back-handed compliment to Google+, saying that its creation was a vindication of Facebook's vision for the social web.
    Industry analysts welcomed the announcement.
    "Advertisers love anything that keeps users on Facebook for longer and that is something Facebook has been brilliant at - keeping people engaged with the platform for increasingly longer periods of time," Susan Etlinger of the Altimeter Group told BBC News.
    "It stands to reason that the longer you are on Facebook, the happier advertisers will be."
    In California, Skype chief executive Tony Bates welcomed the partnership, calling it a "long-term relationship" that could benefit both companies.
    At one point he had to correct Mr Zuckerberg on the subject of Skype's ownership, reminding him that the Microsoft deal was not yet complete and still had to be cleared by regulators.
    The tie-in was announced a week after Google announced its own social networking service, Google+.
    "The two companies built these products separately and independently over a number of months but they will be compared directly," said Ben Parr, editor-at-large of social media blog Mashable.com.
    "They are going to be in more heated competition in the next year or so and you are going to hear a lot about who is going to win the social networking war - how does Google catch up, how does Facebook respond. This story isn't going away."
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    07-06-11 07:25 PM
  2. Rootbrian's Avatar
    Wicked, now soon enough, it'll be an app or in the facebook app I can now say... BEEEP you verizon! You don't have exclusives for long! BWAHAHA!

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    07-06-11 07:45 PM
  3. mjs416's Avatar
    I am one of maybe 5 people on the entire planet who doesnt have a facebook account (nor do I want or need one). I honestly hope the development on a skype app isnt halted due to this integration.
    07-06-11 09:06 PM
  4. DannyAves's Avatar
    I am one of maybe 5 people on the entire planet who doesnt have a facebook account (nor do I want or need one). I honestly hope the development on a skype app isnt halted due to this integration.
    Make that 6 people.
    07-06-11 09:41 PM
  5. lovebug44047's Avatar
    Interesting how these types of things tend to all fall at once. Google Music and the Amazon Cloud are both announced a couple of weeks prior to iCloud. Google+ is debuted with video chat, and Facebook comes in a week later with the same feature.
    interesting. I don't use google+ (honestly not even sure what it is, lol)
    07-07-11 06:47 AM
  6. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    I am one of maybe 5 people on the entire planet who doesnt have a facebook account (nor do I want or need one). I honestly hope the development on a skype app isnt halted due to this integration.
    I have Facebook, but I'm one of the 5 people on the planet that doesn't use Skype.
    Last edited by ColdSunshine; 07-07-11 at 11:01 AM.
    07-07-11 09:49 AM
  7. 1magine's Avatar
    This is potentially awesome - but since RIM has no devices with FFC its FB app will not include this integration; IOS has facechat, and they will never allow its FB app to include this, though the mobile site might have it, and Android is pushing it's own Google+ app, so I doubt the native Android FB app will have this either. Shame really.
    07-07-11 10:13 AM
  8. Rootbrian's Avatar
    Make that 6 people.
    I am one of maybe 5 people on the entire planet who doesnt have a facebook account (nor do I want or need one). I honestly hope the development on a skype app isnt halted due to this integration.
    Maybe you two, if desired, can make use of diaspora. Screw zuckerberg and his army.

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    07-07-11 11:27 AM
  9. pavlako11's Avatar
    I don't get it... with the Playbook being able to launch facebook through the browser, does it even need an app?
    07-07-11 02:26 PM
  10. ScottsdaleHokie's Avatar
    I don't get it... with the Playbook being able to launch facebook through the browser, does it even need an app?
    You need a plug-in to run it in a browser, so PB is browser is out.

    App integration is your only hope.
    07-07-11 04:42 PM
  11. DenverRalphy's Avatar
    ..........
    Spam much?
    07-08-11 01:20 PM
  12. Xterra2's Avatar
    I don't get it... with the Playbook being able to launch facebook through the browser, does it even need an app?
    It requires a java plugin
    It works on windows only, no os x and linux support

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    07-08-11 10:59 PM
  13. kassdog's Avatar
    I personally see no point in this for me. The only people on my facebook that I would skype I already have on my skype. But I can see how this is good for most people.

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    07-09-11 12:28 AM
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