So, is Skype mainly used for (video) calling or for chatting? Is it still a telephony replacement?
Difficult to say, no official data from Skype, and I didn’t find any survey on that topic! That was also the question that MuppetMaster asked some days ago on the Skype Forums.
On the same Pat Phelan blog, 11 comments were posted, including one of the blogger:
- 5 say they use Skype for calls
- 3 don’t use it anymore
- 2 clearly use it for chatting
- 2 don’t say anything about Skype usage
This statistic isn’t relevant of course, and it wasn't a poll!
I will now repeat part of my “forum” answer …
I can believe that some people never use Skype to call. Indeed, some have no microphone on their computer, or have not enough bandwidth to make a decent call, and some are even not interested at all to call with their computer.
The only official data we have is what Josh Silverman said recently: "We’ve helped make video calls mainstream, with about a quarter of Skype-to-Skype calls using video".
Now, let me try a tricky exercise:
- Skype claims to have cumulated 100 billion minutes skype-to-skype calls.
- Therefore last year this was about 40 billion minutes (based on a rough calculation i made).
- If a “mean” call lasts about 10 minutes (my guess), this represents 4 billion calls last year.
- If there are 40 million active users (raised rounded number based on Hudson Barton his guesses), this is 100 Skype-to-Skype calls per active user per year, or one each 3 or 4 days.
My personal case, rough data from the last 6 months:
- about half of my contacts seem to have a webcam.
- i have about 5 Skype-to-Skype calls per month, and in less than half of them i use video.
- i have about 20 chat messages per month.
- the proportion is therefore (in my statistical irrelevant case) 20% calls - 80 % chats.
A lot of “probablies”. If anyone has more information, please let me know.