Last week reports began surfacing that Facebook was now prompting users to invite their Skype friends to Facebook. Now, Facebook is testing deeper integration which enables Skype users to start calls, chat, and send files if their friends on the service. While we’ve received at least one report, we aren’t quite sure if this is a feature being tested by Facebook or if this something that is part of an upgraded Skype application.
We’re reaching out to Facebook for clarification but since it’s late I wouldn’t expect a response before tomorrow. Given that Facebook has an existing chat platform, and has even tested a video chat product, one has to wonder why Facebook would be the one behind this product. Also, the multiple occurrences of the Skype icon within Facebook’s product below makes it seem a little bit questionable.
Whether or not it’s Facebook’s own product or a feature within Skype, it’s pretty clear that the two products have become increasingly integrated. Just in the past month I’ve personally noticed a dramatic increase in the number of contact requests on Skype. I’d assume it’s a result of the increasing integration between the two services. In this case, I’m not quite sure how Facebook would benefit from such robust integration with Skype.
And why wouldn’t they allow users to choose which icon users are linked to. Have you seen Skype show up in Facebook like the screenshot below?
Thanks to Noah for the tip!