Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Skype passes 10 billion minutes served: here's what's next

Russell Shaw


According to the independent, non-Skype affiliated Skype Journal, Skype passed the 10-billion-minutes-served mark on Sunday morning.
As of yesterday morning around 10 a.m. EDT, the figure was 10,001,423,810.
But that was yesterday. Right before I posted this, I refreshed the Skype page in my browser:10,032,822,260. So that's 30 million minutes or so a day.
But presumed Skype fan Phil Wolff, who originally posted the 10-billion-minutes clarion, has an even more ambitious wish list for the company:
He'd like to see the following "Milestones." Phil's wishes are in bold, my comments are not).
"10 million concurrent users online"- (right now 2 to 3 million concurrent users is not unusual).
"100 billion minutes served"- might take years, but certainly possible.
"1000 registered independent software developers"
"1000 Skype employees" - dunno about that one. How many employees do you need for a company with largely automated solutions, a cadre of outside software developers, not much internal customer service, and mostly viral marketing?
"Zero PSTNs blocking Skype.com"- to paraphrase Elvis Costello, there's nothing "funny about peace, love and understanding," but I think all three will get here before zero PSTNs sing "Kumbaya."
"Someone from Skype as Time Magazine Person of the Year" - well, if they could pick Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos..
"Dell ships millionth mobile phone bundled with Skype"-eventually, yes.
"Skype office manager retires in luxury four years after Skype IPO"- yes, but better cash it in first. Those folks who just paid 500K for a high-rise condo overlooking the riverfront. Cashed out before the tech crash.
Oh, just one point before I go. Phil calls these goals "milestones." But since Skype is Estonia-based, and Estonia uses the metric system, shouldn't these goals be "kilometerstones?"
Hmm. Is there such a thing?

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