One hundred billion reasons to call this a milestone
Apparently, 100 billion humans have walked on this planet through the ages. But don’t quote me on that. (Although I’m sure these guys will know.)
Apparently, the human brain has about 100 billion neurons. But don’t quote me on that. (Although I’m sure if you leaf through The Scientific American Book of the Brain, you’ll find out for certain.)
Apparently, Dr. Evil decided to hold the world ransom for 100 billion dollars. Though he later lost his wits and upgraded his demand to one billion, gagillion, fafillion, shabolubalu million illion yillion… yen. Still, don’t quote me on that. (Instead, get these guys to back it up.)
And now, Skype has served 100 billion minutes worth of Skype-to-Skype calls. Please, do quote me on that.
This figure is so mind-numbingly large that it’s nigh impossible to wrap my head around it. (Even if attempted, the exercise would likely result in a headache of cosmic proportions that no amount of pickle juice can possibly cure.)
But consider this:
- Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are free
- Skype’s been around for about 4.5 years
- As of the end of 2007, Skype had 276m registered users, adding 30 million in Q4 alone
When mixed together, this cocktail gets explosive. And it becomes obvious that at 100bn minutes, Skype conversations are really getting out of hand. In a good way.
Thanks for getting us where we are, folks. And keep talking. Next stop: one billion, gagillion, fafillion, shabolubalu million illion yillion Skype-to-Skype minutes.