Skype's outage is big news, as evidenced by Brad Stone of the New York Time's story today.
Yesterday I suggested two options, SightSpeed and GizmoProject. Both seemed to get picked up as good ideas though Ted and PhoneBoy both point out Gizmo was down and by others in the blogosphere. Of late Gizmo has been having database issues according to chats I've had with Jason Droege. To their credit they have been fixed almost within an hour when I've reported them. At least though I was able to be online with Gizmo. None so with Skype.
Om also picked up on the point I made about third party service providers who make their money off Skype. Thanks Om.
Just moments ago, Skype, which to their credit is keeping users informed, said the following:
As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours, here’s the latest on the sign-on problem.
We’re on the road to recovery. Skype is stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day.
An encouraging number of users can now use Skype once again. We know we’re not out of the woods yet, but we are in better shape now than we were yesterday.
Finally, we’d like to dispel a couple of theories that we are still hearing. Neither Wednesday’s planned maintenance of our web-based payment services nor any form of attack was related to the current sign-on issues in any way.
We’ll update you again as soon as we can. Thanks for hanging tight.”