Monday, February 22, 2010

Skype: Informative Piece

Cherece Milton

The Social Media that I chose was Skype which was founded in 2003. According to the Skype official website, Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Skype is a leading global internet communications company. And of course, Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are completely free.

There has definitely been a fast spreading buzz about this new technological innovation. Since its origination in 2003, millions of people across the nation have started to use this unique service. Many people find that this service is not only convenient but a genius way to connect with family and friends around the world. Since this technology has given people the opportunity to connect with loved ones it has eased minds and pocket books which are crucial aspects in the economic times that we live in.

Many people have been wondering what makes Skype so different and unique from similar sites such as yahoo messenger. According to the associated content, Skype Chat allows you to chat with more than one person in the same chat window. For instance, if you and your colleagues were separated and wanted to communicate together, everyone could sign into Skype and participate in the group chat. Yahoo Messenger's chat engine is more bulky and slower and has yet to reach the point of chatting with multiple users.

Studies have shown that Skype is on the rise of trumping face book, a social network that has the attention of millions as well. Within the research conducted, there were over 220 million registered accounts and 9 million concurrent users as of January 2007. Facebook on the other hand claims 39 million active users as of August 2007. Skype is definitely not settling and continues to find new innovations that will benefit their users. The most recent innovation launching is Skype Space which is a certified Skype program which allows Skype users to download and file share easier.

As you see, Skype is an innovation that society should pay more attention to because they keep on surprising us. This technology has helped millions and I have no doubt that they only have more to come.

Cherece Milton
President of the Omega Sigma Chapter of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

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