Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Skype: A Social Network?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 02, 2007

Yesterday, I talked to Jon Arnold, principal at telecom consultancy J. Arnold & Associates, about the future of Skype. And he said he believes that Skype could be turned into a successful social network.

Consider: Skype has some 220 million users, vs. Facebook’s 40 million. About 20% of these Skypers use the service all the time. They can already message and call each other through the network. They are already able to exchange files (in fact, that capability is more developed on Skype than on many existing social networks). If only Skype made it easier for people to post and exchange photos and videos, and allowed for postings of longer profiles, it could rival MySpace and its ilk, sustained through advertising and sponsorships.

The problem is, eBay doesn’t see Skype as a social network, says Arnold. The auction giant sees it as merely a phone service. Perhaps it will take another owner to transform Skype into a Facebook or a MySpace.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Reader Comments

Pierluigi Rotundo

October 15, 2007 08:40 AM

I don't see skype as a social network. Otherwise also whitepages may represent a social network. It depends on what are the distinguishing features that characterize a social network.

Pierluigi Rotundo


December 9, 2008 02:44 PM

yes, i think skype is a social network. in fact, everyday skype works on communicating people from all over the world. in that cas it is launching a new plug-in from Moka.Moka Chat Skype plug in (download it from could be a great tool for learning Chinese and Spanish or communicating with [Chinese]/[Spanish] [friends]/[contacts]/[associates] on skype. This application gives you real-time translation of your text messages which you could then send to your contacts. At the same time, it enables to improve your language skills because you can see, save, and memorize the translated texts.

Post a comment



BusinessWeek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, Douglas MacMillan, and Spencer Ante dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. One of the first mainstream media tech blogs, Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



BW Mall - Sponsored Links

Buy a link now!