Skype goes down and Twitter goes insane

Breaking: Skype appears to have has gone down. We’re trying to ascertain why and get comment from the company. However, as of this moment Skype is not working for millions of users, and the angst is playing out on Twitter right now.

Of course what’s so funny is that so many of us now use Twitter DM (direct message) and perhaps even Facebook IM as a sort of alternative “Skype-a-like” IM platform that there are now potential alternatives. It looks like for now that Skype has huge issues though – and it’s coming at a delicate time for the company as it tries to forge path independent from former owner eBay.

Update: Skype has clairified on its blog that the problem was down to the failure of “supernodes” which “act a bit like phone directories for Skype.” Many of these were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. Its engineers are now creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ over the next few hours.

Update: Skype has posted an update saying: