Microsoft today launched a $12 million 'It's Time for Skype' campaign in the U.S. and the U.K. The basic idea is that text-based communication sucks, whether it's a text message or a social network, and that the only way to proper way to connect online is to use Skype.
The campaign includes seven massive billboards ads, two of which make snide remarks about Facebook and Twitter. You can see those two on the right, courtesy of Business Insider.
Here are all the billboard captions (they're in all-caps but I couldn't stand that):
Upgrade From A Wall Post To A First Class Conversation
140 Characters Doesn't Equal Staying In Touch
When Did It Become Okay To Text Mum Happy Birthday?
Your One-Way Ticket Back To Humanity
When Did LOL Replace The Sound Of Laughter
Humans Were Made To Look Listen And Feel
No Delays On Human Conversation
The Twitter mockery doesn't really surprise me, and it's not just because I mainly cover Facebook. As you can see in the links below, Facebook and Skype have a close relationship: the former's video calling service is powered by the latter and the latter integrates the former heavily in its desktop client. Sure, a Facebook Wall post doesn't compare to Skype video call, but a Facebook video call sure gets the job done.