2008-06-13

Skype User’s Holiday

The beginning of the year begun very promising concerning the concurrent Skype users online. In a speed record of 42 days we passed from 11 million to 12 million people online at peak time.

As my regular readers know, there are some fluctuations, resulting in less people online at:
  • “GMT”-night
  • Weekends
  • National holidays of bigger Skype countries (USA, Brasil, UK, …)
  • Christmas and New Year Period
  • Northern Hemisphere Summer Period
The graph below represents my samples of concurrent people online since the early beginning of Skype, and it seems we are entering in summer recession.
  • The points marked 1, 2, 3 and 5 are the Northern Hemisphere summer periods of 2005 till 2008.
The next “million milestone” will most probably not be reached before September. This is deceptive. Indeed, the promising “start of the year” mentioned above seems to have been a “one shot”.

All the new “features” added by Skype in the last months, including the number recognition launched some weeks ago were not spectacular enough to attract bunches of new users. This doesn't mean those features were not nice. I would even say the Skype client has improved in the last months: less bugs, more stability, better quality.

Skype continues to grow, this i am quite sure. But not at the same speed as their best year 2006, where almost 4 million “peak concurrent users” online were added! Let’s us meet in September again to witness the 13 million milestone.

1 comment:

bruce lee said...

hey, I found your blog bu searching "skype user". it is really funny thing to make friend by skype.....