Skype Extends Social Networking to VoIP

Skype on Wednesday released the beta version of Skype 2.5 and an early preview of live moderated conversations that allow groups of up to 100 people to talk to one another from anywhere in the world.

The Web phone service provider is attempting to take the online social networking concept to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications. Skypecasts allow people to discuss shared interests — anything from classic cars and cooking to home design and computer support. Skypecasts are moderated by the "host" who is able to mute, eject or pass the virtual microphone to participants when they wish to speak. Hosting or participating in a Skypecast is free. "Skype has always focused on making it easy for people to have conversations for as long as they like, anywhere in the world, for free. We want to make Internet calling incredibly straightforward so people can effortlessly stay in touch," said Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom. "With the latest version of Skype's award-winning software, we've listened to our customers and made it even easier for communities of people to connect and easily talk to each other for free."

Published in: on May 3, 2006 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment