Facebook vs Google: Mark Zuckerberg Announces Deal with Skype
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.