It was announced yesterday that Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010. GroupMe is only a year old start-up which allows you to create private phone groups with others, and then send text messages throughout the group and set up free conference calls. GroupMe let’s start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you send a message, everyone instantly receives it. It’s like a private chat room that works on any phone.
Group Messaging seems to be big deal for the mobile market: Earlier Beluga and Facebook came together and launched a new instant messaging app, Google purchased Slide and Apple announced iMessage. They are all out there to take their share of the Blackberry’s Messenger app market. Blackberry messenger app which is free to it’s users showed how powerful it is during the London Riots.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) the worldwide mobile phone market grew 65.4% year over a year in the second quarter of 2011 ( 2Q11).The mobile market becoming more and more important each day . Let’s see if Skype will reach it’s 1billionth user soon enough as they wish.