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myspaceim-with-skype-client.jpgSkype and MySpace have teamed up to make their instant messaging clients interoperate. This is part of a wide-ranging agreement between the two companies, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, and marks the first time Skype is interoperating with any outside IM clients.

Sometime in November, MySpace will release MySpaceIM with Skype. The partnership will also enable users to link their MySpace profiles and photos or avatars to their accounts on Skype.

The new product will be available in 20 countries where MySpace has localized communities. The new client could be used for free Skype calls to other MySpace or Skype users. In addition, the new offering will have SkypeOut, SkypeIn, voicemail and call-forwarding features.

The new client will give a big boost to both communities and is a net positive for both Skype and MySpace. I will try to dig up what kind of revenue-split arrangement has been struck between the two companies. More specifics of the announcement later as well.

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Should Facebook Buy Skype?: Tech News «

[…] Last month, for instance, the company announced Skype Connect (Formerly Skype for SIP), which would allow it to work easily with other PBX systems. This technology will bear fruit with Skype’s partnership with Avaya, which will be announced today. There’s also news that the company is working closely with Facebook and integrating with the social network’s experience. (It has a similar arrangement with MySpace.) […]

allen

how the hell do i contact myspace skype im when i have problems??? i used to be able to do it at the home page but i cant find anyway now.

DON HENDRICK

FOR THOSE OF THE ONES AGAINST SKYPE…..TRY USING YAHOO IM AS IT ALSO INTERFASE WITH OTHER SITES THAT DON,T HAVE IM LIKE MYSPACE,FLICKR,FACEBOOK,MY YEARBOOK,AOL,8HANDS OR ANY OTHER SITE LIKE THESE AS IT SEEMS TO WORK WELL WITH ANY SITE THAT HAS IM. YAHOO HAS MANY OTHER FEATURES ALSO LIKE WEBCAM WHICH INTERFASES WITH OTHER SITES AND HAS PHONE-IN & PHONE OUT SERVICE TO NAME A FEW ….SO GO AHEAD AND TRY IT AS ITS SAFE FROM VIRUSES AND MALWARE AND WORMS AS IT HAS A SAFETY FEATURE THAT PREVENTS ALL THESE THREATS…….B MY GUESS GIVE IT A SHOT AND TRY IT.

KK

I tryed the SkypeIM for MySpace and I don’t think it’s spyware free. It flashing banners on the bottom and that is an easy way to get malware and viruses. I use 8Hands. It’s much better and no ads! You can talk to people on MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and a couple of others. Just ‘Google’ it for the website.

Halfpint

How can I download myspaceIM with out the Skype. I noticed I get to many ads and viruses now I never had before. If there is a way could you email me a sight to download it from without the skype so I can remove the other. If there is no way then my computer is getting thrown out, since My children use this computer too and the inapropriote things that have entered my computer with out my promission, since the new version was downloaded is not right.
Thanks

Jon Aharrah

Skype is opening up port 80 on my machine, and it’s making running any king of web server on my local machine a pain in the butt. Why would they pick port 80?! I want the old version back too…

TJ

I had the other Myspace IM client and upgraded to the new one but it doesn’t work. It just stays in the taskbar without opening. I’m currently running windows 2K.

Can someone tell me why the app is not working?

thank you

Elaine

where can I get the myspace IM without that skype crap? I really dont like the new version

Skype Surpasses 10 Million Simultaneous Users - CyberNet News

[…] According to GigaOm, this new service will be available in 20 countries and will likely benefit both sides.  Om Malik says, “The new client will give a big boost to both communities and is a net positive for both Skype and MySpace,” and I agree. I don’t think either party has anything to lose out of teaming up. This move will certainly help Skype reach new milestones once MySpacer’s start using the service, and now it leaves me wondering when Facebook is going to try and sweep up a VoIP service so that they can offer something similar? […]

Alexander van Elsas

Hi Om, it’s a good way of getting more interaction in the social network. Social networks shouldn’t be about the network, it should be about interaction between people in the network. Skype will help this. But, I still think there is a long way to go before the MySpace’s and Facebooks of this world will change their attitude from protecting the value in the network (their users build btw), to value creation for its users. Voice will help the interaction, but it isn’t a main driver for it. E-mail, SMS, IM are more important in this interaction. But the main driver for interaction in these social networks will be search, or better, the need to ask questions and get them answered. If interested, I wrote an article about it:
http://vanelsas.wordpress.com/2007/10/17/the-future-of-social-networks-lies-in-interaction-not-perse-in-voice/

The Social Web mobile edition

[…] As Om Malik notes, this is the first time that Skype is interoperating with any outside IM clients, and for a service which has failed to justify its purchase price, partnering in order to expose the product to more users — some of which will be converted into paying customers — is a smart move. And what better partner than the biggest social networking site in the world, right? However, despite MySpace claiming 110 million active users, only 25 million have downloaded the MySpaceIM client, and probably far fewer regularly use it. […]

Gil

Nice!! Can’t wait!
I love to IM with my online friends. These days I do it with 8hands, which allows me to IM with friends across networks- Facebook, Myspace Flickr etc.
I wish they would add a skype feature as well, and that way I could really talk to everybody- not just my Myspace friends.

bob riffic

its too bad they’re not using xmpp. interoperability of any sort is a plus, but with xmpp they can truly be an open service.

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