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Skype 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 […]

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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  1. 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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  2. I thought MySpace was using UserPlane for IM? Or did that die with Userplane’s acquisition by AOL?

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  3. 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.

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  4. [...] publicly released in November. "MySpace will release MySpaceIM with Skype," according to Om Malik, who seems to have to most information and even screenshots of the client, as seen below. "The [...]

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  5. [...] 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. [...]

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  6. Alexander van Elsas Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    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/

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  7. I don’t think this will save myspace..I can see it down there with friendster..

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  8. interesting move – Orkut is already has Google talk and but facebook has no integration yet – though skype is already in state of confusion since eBay left it in doldrums.

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  9. [...] VoIP provider Skype and MySpace announced Wednesday a partnership to enmesh the two, reports GigaOM with the gag-inducing headline “Skype Friends MySpace IM.” [...]

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