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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.

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