In a recent article over at Skype Journal, I lamented the fact that Skype had not built it's subscriber base as rapidly as I'd hoped or as rapidly as QQ in China or even (perhaps) Windows Live Messenger. Shortly after I wrote those words a friend pointed out the MySpace-Skype announcement from last October. It sounded like just what I'd been adovocating, i.e., Skype cuts deals so they interoperate with as many communities as possible thus growing the range of people I can connect with.
I immediately went to my (otherwise little used) MySpace account to check it out. Unfortunately, the integration between MySpace IM and Skype only applies to voice! You can't chat between the two services. What good is that?
One of the significant features that Skype introduced was the idea of combining presence, text chat and voice conversation in a single user interface. That value is lost when the MySpace - Skype integration is restricted to voice calling only.