Skype website popularity

How can an outsider like me try to have some indications about the speed of the growth of Skype?

Some numbers are publicly available, like:
And sometimes Skype independent data, like the one i want to show today:
This graph shows the ranking of the Skype website visits compared to other websites. Until the end of 2005, there was a clear increase in the ranking position. From 2006 on the popularity of the Skype website has gone down. Is this also an indication of the slower growth of Skype? I would guess so!

The blue arrow points to a sudden website popularity increase in August 2007, but this was due to the “unpopular” Skype outage.


Anonymous said...

Skype's popularity fell into recession almost the same minute Ebay aquired Skype. And Skype's initial popularity was based very much on the pioneer feeling, which practically died when the project was violently integrated with the Ebay business model. I predict that Skype ís going mature and that the number of users will stay at today's levels, and possibly decreasing due to competiton from other attractive VoIP-concepts such as Google Talk and MSN.

Jean Mercier said...

I agree on the Ebay factor.

I think however there is still some Skype growth ahead, but not at the speeds we were used to till 2006!

And competition is indeed one of the factors that slow downs the growth.

Anonymous said...

The journey of Alexa- The Web Information Company has never been a smooth one. Alexa that has been in the scenario almost from the start of the Web had seen immense growth and popularity and then a pretty morbid phase. However, it went back to the drawing board and sketched out new ways to pull back the company to steadiness. Several new innovations and changes have been made to Alexa since the time of its inception partly to stay in sync with the changing times and demands and partly to combat its competitors. As for example, till some time back the popularity of various websites was measured by the data collected from the users of the Alexa toolbar. However, the company went for a change in April 2008. Today other factors, apart from the Alexa toolbar, are also taken into account to determine the popularity and traffic of a given website. However, the point to ponder is that the “other sources” that are determinant of a websites Alexa rankings are not clearly cut out. They are vague and misty. Nevertheless, Alexa is still one of the most credible and powerful players of the web.

Jean Mercier said...

Thanks for the explanation Martin. Well, you seem to knopw a lot about Alexa! :-)

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