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Facebook chat is getting a makeover  (Source:
Facebook is working with Skype to introduce video calling, and has made other chat-related changes as well

Facebook is constantly making changes to its social networking site to stay relevant and continue fending off competition, especially with Google+ on its way. For instance, Facebook changed its messaging system last November that brings texts, chat, e-mails and messages together in one area. Also, the social giant released a facial recognition feature recently that aimed to make photo tagging easier, but ended up causing issues with user privacy.

Now, Facebook is introducing new chat-related features to make conversing with friends and family more convenient.

One new chat feature offers a sidebar much like the chat sidebar you see now, except it lists the people you message most instead of just everyone who is available.

Another new chat feature a multi-person chat that allows you to select certain friends and invite them to a group chat. Friends can be invited to a conversation by going into a regular chat with a person, then selecting "Add Friends to Chat." Also, the conversation's history is available in messages.

Last but not least, Facebook is working with Skype to introduce video calling as a new chat feature. The video calling option is built into chat, where a video call button is located at the top of the chat window. It will be available in over 70 different languages, and will hit Facebook chat over the next few weeks.

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By GulWestfale on 7/6/2011 11:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
so mark z. is trying to pass off something that MSN users have had for the better part of a decade as an exciting and innovative feature.

i do use facebook (mostly to help promote my books), but i'm excited to see whether google can do it better than mark z... or perhaps i'm blaming the wrong person for teh shitty interface, slow picture uploading times, and lack of innovation. maybe it's all the winklevoss's fault...

RE: lol
By Iaiken on 7/6/2011 11:42:19 PM , Rating: 2
Google+ allows for easy conference video calls called hang outs that also allow you to do real time collaboration via Google docs.

RE: lol
By Solandri on 7/7/2011 3:02:08 AM , Rating: 3
Despite my dislike for Facebook, I kinda hope Google+ and Facebook both enjoy success and split the pie. The competition between them is spurring them to implement lots of things people have been asking for, but which Facebook had until now refused to implement, and Google simply didn't have.

One company dominating = stagnation
Two relatively equal companies competing = rapid advancement

RE: lol
By achintya on 7/7/2011 3:46:40 AM , Rating: 2
One company dominating = stagnation
Two relatively equal companies competing = rapid advancement


Two relatively equal companies competing = Ripping off customers together aka Duopoly

RE: lol
By Solandri on 7/7/2011 4:48:06 AM , Rating: 2
True, though in this case the customers being ripped off would be the advertisers. Users get their services for free, since they are the product.

Linux support?
By FireSnake on 7/7/2011 1:25:44 AM , Rating: 3
And the thing lacks Linux support :P
Users are also reporting that they are unable to use this in Opera.

Not trying to be pain in the ass, but Google+ in platform independent.
They should of done it better.

RE: Linux support?
By Solandri on 7/7/2011 3:27:30 AM , Rating: 2
IMHO the open source/Unix/Linux community really dropped the ball with VOIP and video chat. We had video chat on our Silicon Graphics machines when I was at grad school in 1994. That's when I realized the barrier between phone networks and computer networks was artificial, and would eventually disappear. I thought internet telephony, video chat, video broadcasts, followed by video telephony was going to be the next big thing. Part of my thesis was about optimizing one-to-many communications over networks (multicasting).

Instead, there were half-hearted efforts, a lot of needlessly complicated setups, and a lot of hostility towards the idea of video calls, and video conferencing. A lot of free software advocates are also privacy advocates, and seemed to view webcams as a threat to individual privacy.

Skype waded into that morass with a completely proprietary protocol on a closed network service, and won the market by simple virtue of being easy to set up and use. (Teamspeak and Ventrilo actually came earlier, but their use was mostly limited to multiplayer games. People didn't seem to realize that with a little modification you could replace telephones with them, probably because you had to set up your own server.) So despite a nearly 10-year head start, the Unix/Linux community dropped the ball on this, and is now reliant on the market leaders to take pity on them and support Linux with their proprietary services. At least Google is pretty well-committed to making their web apps platform independence.

RE: Linux support?
By achintya on 7/7/2011 4:02:05 AM , Rating: 2
At least Google is pretty well-committed to making their web apps platform independence.

Google is more committed to keeping their web apps platform independent since the market penetration of their products relies on the browsers rather than the actual OS. Facebook Video Chat depends upon the penetration of Windows, as does most desktop software.

You also have to keep in mind that Google itself is not present on a single decisive OS platform but is dependent upon their Chrome browser, Chrome OS and Android OS. To make sure all these devices support their services, working on the web makes their lives easier.

By StevoLincolnite on 7/7/2011 12:52:52 AM , Rating: 3
With Skype being integrated into Facebook... The whole problem of Microsoft paying to much money for Skype is going to suddenly dissipate.

Did Steve Ballmer see this coming? Because suddenly Skype will get used by several hundred million more people if it's a success on Facebook.

RE: .
By bplewis24 on 7/7/2011 1:16:07 AM , Rating: 2
They see Google+ coming. It has a "Hangout" feature that allows you to video-conference with up to 10 people.

By rangtangnan on 7/6/2011 11:21:58 PM , Rating: 1

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RE: dsa
By GulWestfale on 7/7/2011 12:13:49 AM , Rating: 2
transport is not expensive, or transport is free?
and why do you need fashion good-looking in soviet russia?

By yuyuyuan on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
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