RocketMan flew away

He was one of the biggest helpers on the Skype Forum, we even had some ocasional private chats. He was a very nice man, and although he fought his illness, he left some days ago wife and kids and (least important) our Skype community.See also the post of Raul Liive, Skype Staff on the Skype Forum.


18 million online at the same time

The best measure of the growth of Skype users is still the top "concurrent users online". After the "usual summer recession", we finally reached today a new top of 18 million concurrent users online at about 16h GMT.
I am really happy to see that Skype is still growing as expected.


Real wedding of a virtual contact

For us Belgians, the Dutch province Friesland is about the End of the World. Yesterday I went there for the first time of my life to “really” meet one of my “virtual” Skype contacts for the first time in the 4 years that we know each other. And it wasn’t an ordinary visit: I got an invitation for her wedding (yes, it is a woman).Ike is one of the few persons who fell in love with Skype, became a Skype Forum contributor, then got the Super User recognition from Skype, got promoted to Forum Moderator, and finally works now for Skype! You can read part of her story on her own blog.

It was a very beautiful wedding. Tjep, her husband, is a very nice man with – just alike Ike – a huge sense of humor. Only the Gods were angry, because it rained quite a lot. But, probably they were jealous!


Skype is leaving eBay

Having a Skype blog, and although this post isn’t really about numbers, I really have to publish it: A New Chapter is the title of a blogpost on the Skype Blog by Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype, concerning the “spinning off from eBay”. Now not a speculation anymore, but facts. Read the post!

Three comments on this:
  • Will Josh stay as CEO? I hope so, because I liked his style (seen from a distance - I am not an insider);
  • I disliked the takeover by eBay from the beginning, therefore I feel relieved;
  • I hope they will publish other – better – more reliable – more honest – more ... numbers! This will revive my blog!
Anyway … good luck Skype, thumbs up!