I never really “did” Skype socially. Back when it first launched it wasn’t really an option in Australia for a variety of reasons, and by the time it got to its “free voice chat” stage I’d realized that I actually, really, truly loathe voice chat and find it deeply intrusive. (Much to the distress of my husband, who’s a “leave the voice chat on all night, even if you’re not talking” guy.) I mean, I don’t even like talking on the phone. Putting the phone on my computer and making it “free” didn’t change that.

All that being said, like every other sad peon with a corporate job, I do have to use it for work… and it is aΒ huge pile of unintuitive shit, so you’ll have to excuse me if I get some vicarious joy out of reading articles about its downfall.