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 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.
24 thoughts on “Skype Friends MySpace IM”
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.
I thought MySpace was using UserPlane for IM? Or did that die with Userplane’s acquisition by AOL?
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.
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:
I don’t think this will save myspace..I can see it down there with friendster..
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.
this im doesn’t work well with vista
where can I get the myspace IM without that skype crap? I really dont like the new version
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?
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…
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.
am really haveing troulble getting in my myspace and it is saying my username is wrong
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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.
this works very well for me..i really like it..
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.
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.