What Facebook And Skype Integration Would Mean For You

Facebook and Skype integration! That's the rumour. But beyond the intermingling of two major tech companies, the important question is: how's this going to affect you?

Video Chat With Facebook Friends From Skype Just to be clear: this wouldn't mean that you'd be able to Skype video chat through Facebook. Not yet, anyway. Instead, when this supposedly goes live in a few weeks with Skype 5.0, you'd be able to connect with your Facebook friends list through Skype. Still pretty handy! And in-browser video chat is apparently seen as a "logical progression" to the partnership, meaning it could well happen down the line.

And Text Them Too! According to theWall Street Journal, the deal would also include SMS, which definitely wouldn't get annoying after a while.

Facebook Phone's Own FaceTime? Facebook denies that they've got a phone in the works - much less two - but that's a product that would definitely benefit from deep Skype integration. Skype's currently only available on Verizon phone

A Google Voice Alternative Specifically, an alternative to making calls in Gmail. That's not to say that a Facebook/Skype VoIP solution would be better, necessarily. But if you for some reason want to break free of big G, or don't have a Google account to begin with, you'd have a viable alternative. Choice is good!

You'll Actually Use Skype As wonderful as Skype is, less than a quarter of its 560 million members are active. When they add what's arguably your most comprehensive Rolodex - your list of Facebook friends - you might be tempted to actually use other parts of the service once in a while. And eventually maybe even cut that mobile phone voice plan loose.

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    I loath Facebook. Webspace for the pathologically narcissistic controlled by a company that may as well have the motto 'Do Evil'.
    Does this mean Skype will be sharing their subscribers details with Facebook? So Facebook users can see Skype users online and presumably vice-versa? I can't see how this would work otherwise. If that's the case I'll be dumping Skype straight away.

    Yeah I don't think this is just a rumour. I noticed yesterday that Facebook has a skype friend finder now, instead of typing in your usual email address to find friends, you type in your skype details I assume?.. Will be interesting to find out what Facebook is really upto. They have pretty much taken over the world..

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