Messaging & Online Collaboration: Facebook, Skype, Microsoft Draw Closer Through Video Chat Feature

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-07 Print this article Print
Facebook Closing In on 1 Billion Members

Facebook Closing In on 1 Billion Members

Facebook announced that it has surpassed the 750 million-member mark, and it is setting its sights on hitting 1 billion fairly soon. Mark Zuckerberg virtually shrugged off the accomplishment as if it wasn't a big deal. "The reason why we didn't report it is we don't think it's the metric to watch right now," Zuckerberg said. "We're more interested in the value that Facebook brings to people and the things they share on it."
Facebook made some significant announcements July 6, all important to the company and to the online social networking market. First, Facebook announced that it has surpassed the 750 million-member mark, with a cool 1 billion clearly within reach. The last time Facebook talked about its membership last October, it had just passed 500 million. Secondly, Facebook started up its group chat feature, one that had been requested by users for a long while. Along with that, Facebook made a few site design changes that will make it easier to use the chat and group-chat functions. Finally, the company revealed a new partnership with Skype, the world's largest peer-to-peer video service which is on track to become the property of Microsoft. Finally, Facebook launched its long-anticipated video chat service—powered, of course, by Skype. The Facebook, Skype and Microsoft (Skype's future owner) dynamic will be interesting to watch in the coming months and years, since the world's largest software company will have substantial investments in both companies.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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