Skype is an application that allows you to make calls from your computer to phones or to other computers through the internet. Calling between Skype members is free while the calls to any phone will cost you but still it is remarkably cheap to call anywhere in the world. Skype uses the Voice-over Internet Protocol for its calls to computers and phones through the internet. Concisely, Skype allows you to chat through text, voice and if you have a webcam in your system, you can make video calls over.
Now let us see how to integrate your Facebook and Skype accounts:
Skype account and Facebook account. You must also have the Skype application installed in your computer. Nowadays you can access Skype in smartphones and tablet also using the Skype app for that platform. Stable releases are available in Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Linux, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.
Note: You can only add Facebook friends if they have a Skype account. Skype compares your Facebook friends for email IDs matching existing Skype accounts. You can always invite your Facebook friends to join Skype.
Importing the Contacts
Skype is the most popular video calling service in the web while Facebook is by far the global social network. Now Skype has added support for adding your Facebook friends so now you can chat with them too. Importing your Facebook friends is an extremely easy way to add your friends and family into Skype. Let us see how this can be done. For importing contacts from Facebook, follow these easy steps:
- Login to your Skype account
- Go to ‘Contacts’ and then select ‘Import Contacts’.
- Click on the Facebook tab in the dialog window that appears.
- Enter your Facebook login details and click ‘Import’.
- Select your friends you want to add and click ‘Add’. You can individually select them over.
- Now you can send a message to your added contacts or invite Facebook friends- click ‘Skip’ if you are not doing that.
- Click ‘Finish’ to complete the import.
Skype Facebook Integration Story
Skype was updated to include integration with Facebook in its beta 220.127.116.11 version for windows uses way back in October 2010. In July 2011, Skype to Facebook instant messaging support was also included in the Skype software. The ability to hide offline Facebook contacts was introduced in the Skype 5.8 update in February this year. A beta version of audio and video calling service of Facebook was also added. Later in June Facebook and Skype, contacts were integrated into a single contact list.
Skype with Facebook Integration for Mac Users
Skype users in Mac got a taste of Facebook only in September 2011. Users were allowed to connect to their Facebook account from Skype view. They can also view Facebook newsfeeds from the Skype desktop application or call and message Facebook friends. The Facebook newsfeed in Skype also allows users to comment or like status and post their own status. Facebook support for Mac came about a year later after the Windows version introduced it. Facebook Video calling was introduced soon in November.
With the help of Skype 5.4 version for Mac, you can connect your Facebook account through the Skype account and import the list from Facebook to the Skype contact list. There is also an option to break down the contact page into categories for separating Skype users and Facebook friends.