What exactly is the basis for Skype’s great “community of users,” as Kirkpatrick terms it? Fellow-feeling? A shared love of empowerment? The harmony of the spheres? Nope, nope and nope. The community exists for one major reason: Because Skype is free. Charge ten bucks for the software or slap on a $5 a month subscription fee, and that community goes up in a communal puff of smoke.
— Communal delusions on eBay’s Skype acquisition back in 2005 before everyone realized it was a bad idea. (thanks Fake Steve Jobs)