On April Fool’s Day the Internet is full of contributors trying to play on our gullibility. Facebook has its share of people listing today as their birthday or reporting unusual updates. The following is Google’s attempt at playing the game:
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Companies often list their vision and their mission statements on their sites. The difference between a mission statement and a vision statement is that a mission statement focuses on a company’s present state while a vision statement focuses on a company’s future. However, some companies tend to blend these statements. The following are some of the top technology-based company mission statements:
Amazon: Amazon’s vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. (They list this as their mission as a combination mission/vision on their site).
Apple: Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
Dell: Dell’s mission is to be the most successful computer company in the world at delivering the best customer experience in markets we serve.
Facebook: Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
Google: Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Microsoft: Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.
Skype: Skype’s mission is to be the fabric of real-time communication on the web.
Twitter: Twitter lists its mission as “a work in progress” as it has yet to be fully developed.
Yahoo!: Yahoo!’s mission is to be the most essential global Internet service for consumers and businesses
YouTube: YouTube’s mission is to provide fast and easy video access and the ability to share videos frequently
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With rumors of Skype going IPO and their recent purchase of Qik (provider of mobile video software), Skype is making a lot of headlines lately. It is anticipated that this may be an even bigger year for the growing company.
In a recent article explaining how company names are becoming used as verbs, companies like Google and Facebook were used as examples. Skype is now being added to that list. The Wall Street Journal reported, “Making audio and video calls between computers over Skype is now so common that the company’s name has become a verb. People ask others to “Skype me” or say they are “Skyping.”
With the recent announcement that Verizon will be offering the iPhone, apps are becoming the topic of many a conversation. Skype is now going to be available for use with Verizon’s new service. WSJ reported, “A couple of weeks ago, Skype introduced free mobile video calling to its iPhone app and has plans to extend the same functionality to certain Android-based phones running on Verizon’s new high-speed 4G network later this year. And, last week, at the Consumer Electronics Show, it launched a paid service it had been testing that allows for group video calling on computers.”
Universities, including one where I work, have required professors to have a Skype account. Video-conferencing is the way of the future. What is nice about Skype is that you can connect between computers and cell phones now. In fact, “Group calling, which can handle between three and 10 people, is a feature of the latest Windows version of Skype, and of the latest beta version for the Mac.”
Skype does face some competition with Tango and FaceTime. FaceTime is video software developed by Apple for the iPhone. Tango enables anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to make free mobile video calls over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi to their friends and family around the world.
How big is Skype? According to SkypeNumerology, over 27 million people were online using Skype this week. SkypeJournal reported that “Skype maintained 20% of all international minutes in 2010. Skype will be reporting about $1 billion in revenue this year.”
Skype’s International Market Share 2010