Facebook Announces Video Chat, Group Chat
Facebook and Skype: Video Chat
Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be introducing video chat, using Skype technology. Also on deck: redesigned Facebook Chat.(We were promised "something awesome from Facebook"- does this fit the bill?)
Facebook Video Chat will rely on a browser plugin, rather than the Skype desktop VOIP application. Zuckerberg couldn't resist taking a swipe at Google by saying, "We want to leave all the applications to independent entrepreneurs and companies that are going to be best in class at building these things. That's a different strategy than other major Internet companies out there who try to do everything themselves."
Of course, this is mainly because Facebook has barely been able to manage video and photo application: when was the last time your photo UX was uniform across even one Facebook session? I'm genuinely curious to see how Facebook will be able to handle running video chats. Facebook claims 750 million users.
Facebook Video Chat rolls out today (July 6), and is launched via a little button in the chat bar. Upon the first click (when the option rolls out to your account), you'll be prompted to install the browser applet.
Facebook Group Chat Coming Soon
Facebook Chat will soon support group chats (yeah, like Google+), though the video chat functionality is one-on-one for now.