Why finding Skype contacts is such a pain?

I’m a Skype believer from its humble beginnings. It is a great communication tool and since we have access to high bandwidth, its quality now equals the plain old telephone system. I even bought the unlimited Canada/US plan to call landline phone numbers without paying extra. I save a lot on my cellphone bill. But, I […]

I’m a Skype believer from its humble beginnings. It is a great communication tool and since we have access to high bandwidth, its quality now equals the plain old telephone system. I even bought the unlimited Canada/US plan to call landline phone numbers without paying extra. I save a lot on my cellphone bill. But, I want to use it more often. What’s stopping me? Well, I have only 20 contacts on it. That’s why!

Why would I have only 20 Skype contacts? Well the Skype address book hasn’t evolved that much since the beginning. We have to find each one of our contacts by full name or username. Altought, there is a function in the Windows version of the product to import a Yahoo Mail address book, I’m stuck with the limited Linux version that doesn’t do that.

The Skype website has a very modern and sleek look of the times. But, nowhere on the website you can search and add your friends from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gmail or Hotmail. For sure a big website, I don’t understand at all why Skype doesn’t offer such a basic functionality. You only find payment options on the website. 

It would be obvious to offer a contact list management feature directly on the website that connects to other social networks. It would increase use of their service drastically. When you have someone to call, it’s a great starting point!

If you agree with my suggestion, please share it as much as possible to attract Skype’s attention. Thanks!

PS – I usually write posts in French in this blog, but I’m hoping someone is monitoring Skype’s brand and see this.

(photo from alexkerhead)

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Je suis le président d'Evollia et le père de 2 enfants merveilleux. Ceci est mon refuge numérique où je blogue sur un tas de sujets variés qui me passionnent.

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  • Patrice-Guy Martin

    D’accord avec toi et c’est effectivement fort dommage (j’ai le même genre de config avec le forfait Skype out Canada/US). Sur le Mac, Skype peut importer les données du carnet d’adresses Mac (mais c’est une importation pas un accès direct donc les changements ne passent pas), mais je pense que sur le iPhone tu peux avoir un accès direct au carnet d’adresses du iPhone. C’est déjà ça, mais c’est pas complet…(Et pourquoi est-ce qu’on ne peut pas avoir de numéro Skype in au Canada? Règle du CRTC?)

  • Nicolas Roberge

    Although there are independent DID services that can hook up to Sype. Go figure!


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