Facebook’s Eagerly Awaited July 6 ‘Event’

Mark Zuckerberg can keep a secret, and why not!

An invitation that reads, “Please join us for an event at Facebook on July 6“, was the only hint that Zuckerberg let out in the press release on July 3. Experts have been contemplating what this “event” could be. Sources of TechCrunch have suggested this big secret to be the launch of a new video chat product, powered by Skype, which will work on the Facebook browser.

The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. But, it is still not clear whether an updated version of Skype will need to be downloaded afresh or whether it will work on the one already installed.

This news seems to have been an answer to the possible competition that Google + has brought into the market. To add to the woes, a Mark Zuckerberg’s profile has appeared on Google + and over 14,000 people have added him to their circles. The exclusivity (and sustained interest) of Google + is a result of the ‘limited invites’ that are being sent out, making it an elite group, at least for the moment. The concept of a ‘circle’ is very real and as Google says, “You can choose to share some things with college buddies, others with parents, and almost nothing with your boss; just like in real-life“. To carry on the war, Facebook had also launched Facebook Credits in India on July 1, where users can spend virtual currency on games and applications.

Facebook has over 750 million users, while Skype has 170 million (after being acquired by Microsoft in a whopping $8.5 billion deal, this May). If they come together, they would certainly bring the whole world closer. The only amalgamation between Facebook and Skype to ever come through was when Skype began adding Facebook integration, in October 2010. In the Skype 5.5 Beta version, you can connect to family and friends via Facebook too. The Facebook contacts tab within Skype helps see when a Facebook friend wants to chat. Users also had the provision of ‘liking’ and comment on Facebook updates without leaving Skype.

Even though Facebook began talking with Skype long before Microsoft was in the picture, things seem to have finally fallen in place. And it is evident that Skype stands to benefit from this merger, in terms of users and exposure.

Whether the rumours are true or not, cannot be ascertained before July 6; but if they are, it will definitely be an ‘awesome’ development, reducing browsing time and providing everything on a platter, on a platform. So buckle up till July 6, when Zuckerberg will lift the veil of this top secret announcement that has everyone up and ruminating.

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Deeptaman Mukherjee

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