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Welcome To The World Of Skype1

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Welcome To The World Of Skype1

  1. 1. Networks: Social and Technological Welcome to the world of Skype.com But what is it?
  2. 2. Skype- What is it used for? <ul><li>Teaching foreign languages </li></ul><ul><li>Call phones and mobiles </li></ul><ul><li>Conference calls </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Forward your calls to your cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Comes with the Google Toolbar (optional install). </li></ul><ul><li>Web Cam </li></ul><ul><li>Free to talk to other Skype users </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap to call a landline around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Ebay/Myspace </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>Developed in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Released in fall of 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Developed from the creators of KaZaA (peer to peer file sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>Sold to Ebay for 2.6 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>16,000,000 users </li></ul><ul><li>4 th quarter revenue-$145 million </li></ul><ul><li>up 26% from the year before </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly $600 million annually </li></ul>
  4. 4. Myspace/Ebay <ul><li>Add people who use Myspace to IM function </li></ul><ul><li>Link your Skype account and share your MySpace profile with your Skype friends </li></ul><ul><li>Ebay sellers can include Skype in their listings </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions quicker without having to wait for an email </li></ul><ul><li>Buyers can see live product that they are looking to purchase </li></ul>
  5. 5. Advantages <ul><li>Fast download time for software </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Can leave a message when they are not available </li></ul><ul><li>Available in 27 different languages </li></ul><ul><li>Encrypts phone calls </li></ul><ul><li>Able to communicate across the world with other users for free </li></ul><ul><li>Good voice quality </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disadvantages <ul><li>Person has to pick up like a regular phone </li></ul><ul><li>Can not see each person when on a conference call </li></ul><ul><li>Reports of the “unlimited” calling having a limit </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for the old telephone? </li></ul>
  7. 7. How does it work? <ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions ? <ul><li>How does Skype relate to the reading The Cluetrain Manifesto:The End of Business as Usual ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the drawbacks to using this business model for mass communication? </li></ul><ul><li>Open discussion </li></ul>
  9. 9. References <ul><li>Bulk, Frank (2004, May 5th). Final Project: Skype. Retrieved February 1, 2009, from PDF file Web site: http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/~salman/skype/frank.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Found by Googlescholar.com </li></ul><ul><li>Elia, Antonella (December 2006). Language Learning in Tandem Via Skype. The Reading Matrix, 6 No. 3, Retrieved January 28, 2009, from http://www.readingmatrix.com/articles/elia/article.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Found by using Lexisnexis.com through UofW library from off-campus search </li></ul><ul><li>Hibbard, J., & Reinhardt, A. (2005). Skype: How a Startup Harnessed the Hoopla. Business Week, 3952, Retrieved January 28, 2009, from http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/05_39/b3952047.htm?chan=gl. </li></ul><ul><li>Found by google.com search </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you for your time!

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