18 October 2007 | Tanya Goodin

MySpace gets you talking with Skype

It was announced on Wednesday that from November MySpace users will be able to chat  by phone thanks to a new partnership  between Skype  and the social networking site.

MySpaceIM with Skype is a new product that combines MySpace’s instant messaging service with Skype’s free voice-calling capabilities.  Launching next month in 20 countries, MySpaceIM with Skype will enable millions of MySpace users to place free Skype internet calls to other MySpace users. The product will also not require users to download any additional Skype software to use this service.

According to John Barrett, director of research with Parks Associates, it remains to be seen whether Facebook, MySpace’s main competitor, will offer something similar in the future. "I think Facebook is able to move a little more quickly and to be a little more nimble because it doesn’t have a large corporate parent," Barrett said.

Will the deal with Skype help MySpace to fend of the competition from Facebook? "It could make MySpace more appealing, but i doubt it could do that," Barret said.

Tanya Goodin

Tanya Goodin

Founder of Tamar