Mercury News writes:
nternet phone-calling software maker Skype has created a way to transform blogs from soapboxes into live, town-hall meetings.
Starting today, people who have installed the free Skype software can host audio conversations, known as Skypecasts, with up to 100 people at a time.
In addition, San Francisco-based Six Apart is offering the millions of people who have blogs through its TypePad service the ability to publicize their Skypecasts on their blogs. A person visiting the blog can click a link to join the Skypecast.
Experts say the Skypecast service, which is free, melds Internet phone-calling with the current social-networking craze, evidenced by the huge popularity of Web sites like MySpace. And because a person needs to download Skype to join a Skypecast, the service could grow the company’s already market-leading 100 million subscribers.