What's it like being a person that uses Skype? Are you apart of the crowd or on the loner side of the fence? Is there a much larger Skype community at play than many would suspect? If their "direct from the horse's mouth" infographic is any indication, then yes, the Skype network is indeed teaming with users.
Thanks to a post by Skype's head of social media, Jennifer Caukin, over at the Skype blog, these numbers concerning daily users and their habits have been presented in a visual format, and the scope of Skype's user base is quite impressive. First, the infographic in question:
As is the case with most infographics worth their salt, Skype's is big on numbers. Like, for instance, the amount of daily Skype users and the amount of minutes these folks use on a daily basis. The findings, as you can see, are impressive.
According to Skype's data, 65 million users log on daily, and of these millions, they use 700,000,000 minutes--daily--on Skype-to-Skype phone calls. Over at the Skype blog, Caukin offers some perspective on just how big 700 million is:
The figure that is most impressive is 700 million minutes of free Skype-to-Skype calls each day. To put it in perspective, 700 million is the equivalent of going around the earth 28,000 times in one day, if each minute represents a mile. Or 17,400 times if each minute is a kilometer.
In order to figure the final total--300 million minutes of Skype video calls--the team took the percentage of Skype-to-Skype calls that are done via video, in this case, 42 percent, and after some quick math, they rounded 284,000,000 to the nearest one hundred millionth, giving us the 300 million total.
Needless to say, with all this data flying around Skype's network, the company's infrastructure had better be of the load-bearing kind. With the distinct lack of Skype backlash concerning outages and network issues, there's not much cause for concern. The next question is, is the Skype infrastructure prepared for the possibility of even more growth?