Facebook Brings Group Chat and Video Calling – Targets Google +
Facebook has just announced Facebook Video calls, in partnership with Skype. The Video feature embeds directly into Facebook chat and is a free to use service.
There were three major announcements today.
- Group chat(“an easier way to find someone who is online”)
- Skype-enabled video chat
- 750 million Facebook members
In a direct approach the Member downloads a tiny Skype applet .jar file and Facebook Video chat becomes available. Users can now click the video button in the chat module to initiate a video call. The user on the receiving side, get a popup, much like a Skype call. The video camera on either side is turned on only when the recipient accepts the call.
As Mark pointed out, the interface is buggy. we tested it out and after several repeat failures we were able to get a stable connection.
The popup is pretty simple and is always on top. The video chat can be made full screen and minimized or muted. Mark also noted that more developments will come as and when improvements are done to the system.
Tony Bates from Skype noted that over 150 million video calls are made each month through Skype, and now this feature will be available on Facebook.
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