5 million online Skypers
Today, Jan 23 2006, was the first time when more than 5 million users in Skype were simultaneously online.
We got from 4 to 5 million in about 3 months. There’s 5.066 million on that picture — some people reported seeing as much as 5.072.
5 million people is:
* more than 3 times the number of people in Estonia
* about 13 times the people living in Tallinn where we are building Skype
* about a third of greater London area
* a quarter of New York metropolitan area
* 1/260th the population of China
5 million people together weigh about 350 thousand tons. It would take about 11 thousand Boeing 747 planes to carry them all in the passenger cabin, or just a bit over 1000 if you stacked everyone in the cargo section, where it probably wouldn’t be too comfortable this way. (There was some nonsense here before where I mixed tons and kilograms.)
At any given moment, there are tens of thousands of free Skype-to-Skype calls that some of those 5 million people are engaged in. Put in the same room, that would be pretty loud. And if all those calls were paid, that would be a pretty big chunk of cash every second that now doesn’t get spent. So please do us a favour — take the cash that we’ve saved you, and go buy yourself some chocolate or whatever goodie you’re up for, to help us celebrate today’s 5 million.