On Friday, VoIP service provider Skype announced that it had reached the 100 million mark and now had that many registered users around the globe in its initial two and a half years.
According to Skype, the 100 millionth name came at 1:12PM GMT Thursday and this is the fastest growth of any internet program ever. This compares with some 54 million in September 2005, when Skype was acquired by auction site eBay for $2.6 billion.
Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and co-founder of Skype said, “Skype has grown in leaps and bounds by making it simple for anyone across the world with an Internet connection to do something they could not do before, talk for as long as they like, to whoever they like for no cost. Passing 100 million registered users within such a short time reinforces how much people love how easy Skype makes it to call friends, family and colleagues all over the world for free.”
With 100 million users, Skype said a phonebook containing all the names would be around 57,000 pages long.