So the press is r eporting that eBay is about to buy Skype for $2.6B
If that’s true, it means that eBay has the following:

  • A distributed platform for small biz/merchants
  • A namespace/base of over 22 million users, more if you count affiliates
  • A micropayments and merchant banking system ( Paypal)
  • Reputation management
  • An integrated IM and VOIP system (if they buy Skype and integrate it)

Very cool.
So, here’s the question–Will Google buy eBay? Or Amazon?
I’d like to bet that big war chest goes for platform tools, not media.

So the press is r eporting that eBay is about to buy Skype for $2.6B
If that’s true, it means that eBay has the following:

  • A distributed platform for small biz/merchants
  • A namespace/base of over 22 million users, more if you count affiliates
  • A micropayments and merchant banking system ( Paypal)
  • Reputation management
  • An integrated IM and VOIP system (if they buy Skype and integrate it)

Very cool.
So, here’s the question–Will Google buy eBay? Or Amazon?
I’d like to bet that big war chest goes for platform tools, not media.