Yesterday Facebook launched their newest addition to their social media powerhouse; video chat.
Yes. ¬†Facebook has teamed up with Skype to offer video chats as a messaging feature through Facebook. ¬†And it’s really easy to sign up. ¬†If you’re so excited and you’d like to get started right away go here and click on ‘go to app’.
So the question is, will this change anything?¬† Video chat has been available for years so why does it matter that Facebook has hopped on board?
According to Blogger Dan Costa ‚ÄúAnyone who really wanted to video chat on their PC certainly could have done so already.‚ÄĚ¬† However unlike other video chat features, Facebook video chat does not require any membership (outside of Facebook), the download is simple and your contacts are limitless.¬† In fact, Facebook video chat is probably the most user friendly video chat to date, which definitely means something.¬† And with a 750 million pool of potential friends you can really chat it up.
True ¬†Google, Yahoo, IM, and Skype have been offering video chat for years.¬† However, what‚Äôs different (and terrific) about the Facebook video chat is that you don’t have to have a Skype account even though the video calls will run through Skype.¬† You also don‚Äôt have to invite anyone to join anything.¬† If you want to video chat with someone on Facebook just download a simple app and send them a message. ¬†Your friends will automatically¬†get a request to download the app and off you are.
Google has also announced a new video chat feature called Hangout.¬† Remember chat rooms?¬† Miss them?¬† Well now you can have a video chat room with Hangout.¬† What I really dig about this is the ability to video chat with multiple people at the same time, and see them all at once.¬† You can even upload a YouTube video and watch it together.¬† This could totally change long distance meetings and presentations, its also really fun.
On this call, Facebook still seems to be in the lead for social chatting because anyone can join and you don‚Äôt have to have any other membership than your Facebook.¬† No downloads of major programs, just a simple app.¬† Social Media blogs have been all a buzz today reacting to this news and I am hopping on board.¬† Video chat is coming a long way and Facebook has yet again made reaching out so much easier.
So while the technology is the same, the rules are different.
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