Facebook, the world’s most favorite social network with over 750 million users is getting married to Skype, the world’s most used network for communications, with over 145 million users. This simply means that going further, Facebook would use Skype’s video chat inside its application. To begin with, plans are for one to one video chat’s, to be expanded later.
Just to remind you that Google+, the primary foe of facebook which has already been launched, sports a online video chatting network called Hangouts and supports upto 10 users. This can be serious competition to Facebook, unless they scale up soon. Although Google+ is just a starting application in the market, they can prove to be a formidable contender for Facebook.
Skype is a proven technology and will be bought by Microsoft very soon for 8.5 billion dollars. Microsoft also has a stake of 1.6% in Facebook, and they seem to be doing things together. Microsoft is also getting extra traction, since Baidu (China’s search engine) has decided to go for Microsoft Search Engine for English searches viz. Bing.
Anyway, Video chats within Facebook are likely to end up in extensions like calling a landline or a mobile phone for a nominal charge. That is what Skype does and there are many people who subscribe to this feature worldwide.
It seems to me that this powerful extension of a video chat will within Faccebook will take it to the next level by making the social experience mantra more stronger.