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Facebook vs Google: Mark Zuckerberg Announces Deal with Skype

Updated on July 7, 2011
Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook creator
Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook creator
Larry Page and Sergey Brin - Google's creators
Larry Page and Sergey Brin - Google's creators

Social Battle

Facebook will be teaming up with Skype to implement live video chat into Facebook conversations, according to an announcement from the Facebook team last night. This is to be the latest in the battle between Facebook and Google.

Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook said this was an 'awesome' development for the social battle that's breaking loose between the two major online businesses. Around the world it is said that 1 in 9 people hold a Facebook account, making it the biggest social networking platform of this day and age.

Due to Google's huge success over its years of rein, Facebook is now a threat because of its gigantic growth in the small number of years in existence. Facebook, the online dominators of the social networking world are now hoping to take on the search engine Google in a battle between who can outdo who.

The two companies are now in a headlock revolving around the race to the top. This is one of the biggest competitions in online technology of all time. Google is known for its ability to help online web surfers to locate the web pages of their choice on nearly every topic possible. Google are now meeting Facebook's level of territory by bringing in a new way of connecting with others through Google's platform of social networking.

Facebook launches Skype Chat

Making the Deal

Up until this moment in time, the many users of Facebook around the globe have been limited to the use of an instant chat which allows members to communicate freely at any moment. The chats consist of simple text and a basic profile image from one user to another. Smileys and emoticons can also be included in conversations.

But this was way too simple for Facebook who now want to take things a step further by introducing Skype, the world's most successful live streaming video chat operation, into the Facebook instant messaging. This will bring two highly respected companies together which could cause an explosive increase in Facebook users and growth.

Members will have the ability to see one another face to face on live video, whilst having a conversation at the same time. Facebook's users have now increased to 750million members worldwide.


Google was created and founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September of 1998. Google+ was launched on June 28 and provided its users with an area called 'Hangouts' where people can use the application to discuss where they are hanging out and what they are doing. This could be related slightly to Facebook's application 'Places'.

Google+ also has an application called 'Huddle' which comprises of group chat for users who wish to communicate with more than one individual. On top of this, 'Sparks' allows its users to view videos and articles that they may be interested in, without them doing any of the hard work. Pretty fun for if you have some spare time on your hands.

Sharing is easy with Google+giving its users the ability to share information, photos and whatever they wish with the circle of their choice. One circle may be friends, another may be family. So whatever you don't want your mother or father to see, you can hide it from their eyes and show it the people who you really want to view them.

With Facebook being open to anyone who wishes to create an account, Google+ is slightly different. This service is currently open to people on an 'invitation only' basis, meaning this could harvest much success for the company when it is in full bloom.


Skype has said to be thrilled with the linking, saying it is very 'gratifying' to be with such a well known and successful company. This deal could prove very beneficial for Skype who have 170 million users in comparison to the 750 million users of Facebook A very exciting endeavour.

Microsoft is getting in the mix

The pairing between these two businesses will bring Facebook much closer to its shareholders Microsoft. Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook in the year of 2007 aswell as buying Skype for $8.5 billion in May.

Mark Zuckerberg spoke of the deal last week when visiting Facebook's Seattle office, but revealed very little detail except that the deal was made and the project developed at Facebook's only major engineering centre in Seattle which is a 40-person office.

A Facebook engineer said that the number of people using instant text and chat will be very tempted to go into the world of live video chat and to test it out when the platform is up and running. New features on top of this are said to be in the running but have not yet been discussed or leaked.

Calls will be free to those who hold Skype accounts, but for others who have a landline or mobile phone, charges may vary. This is however, not yet confirmed.

Scott Miller, Skype's director has said that there is no time limit for this project to happen, so Facebook and Skype users will be eagerly awaiting the result of this incredible upstage to the Facebook community.

A Look at Google Plus


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    • Dobson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      I am not surprised that Google had launched Google Plus to try to wrest a piece of the marketplace away from Facebook. I feel it has always been Google's nature to totally dominate the online landscape, but companies such as Amazon and Facebook have denied that wish. Can Google plus displace Facebook as the main locale for social networking? It will be interesting to watch and I feel we as users will get the ultimate benefit as more applications will be introduced to try to sway our affections. Thanks for putting this together as it is quite thought provoking!

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Bethan, thanks a lot for explaining this fantastic trend of convenient communication on the Internet. By now Facebook, Skype and Google are necessities in my life. I’m so glad I live in this day and age - only a screen between me and my co-workers, students, relatives and friends. The miles between us became completely irrelevant. I do Google only with those who are not comfortable with FB and Skype – They seem to be less social and more ‘private’, though Google Chat is a stunner considering the fact that Skype is not yet available for mobile phones in our country. The competition between Google and FB is healthy and I’m looking forward to follow their competitive growth. Thanks again!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Technology is growing faster. Just wait and see. What will happen next?

    • cooldad profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Great hub, very topical. I was just invited to Google+ by a friend and I'm going to see how that works out. I'm interested to see how popular it becomes. I do like the invitation only element of it, maybe that will help reduce spamming.

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      7 years ago

      Your hub represents a wealth of knowledge about these two giant companies. The competition makes Google and Facebook more powerful. Skype and FB combining in this venture sounds awesome. I knew nothing about any of this prior to reading your hub. Facebook and Google have certainly made the world a smaller place and have allowed people from all over the world to interect and communicate. Now if they could find a way to promote peace and harmony, they would not only make the world smaller but better as well. What a great hub! Thanks for the updated information.


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