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Facebook Introduces New Video Chat

Facebook’s motto at the moment seems to be “Get in on everybody else’s action and take what you can.” As if being the top dog of social networks wasn't enough, they seem to be out to destroy all their competitors.
Can’t blame them I suppose – it’s just good business, right?

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So let’s have a look at what Facebook’s done: They tried taking hashtags and trending from Twitter, Facebook Video attempted to steal YouTube’s thunder and there have been plenty more examples. And now they’re picking a fight with Skype..

The new Facebook Video Chat will allow users to talk face-to-face with their contacts through the Messenger app. It works like and looks like FaceTime. It comes up like a phone call and then voila, your mug is plastered across somebody else’s screen, that’s if they don’t hit that “reject call” button of course.

The new service will work across Apple and Android software. The whole thing is a bit twee and very, very Facebook: “Oh let’s bring everyone together, no matter what phone they use.”  It’s actually a really good idea though, because FaceTime will be left far, far behind with it's limited user-base.

According to Facebook they think their edge over Skype and FaceTime actually comes from the ability to switch between text and video.  I guess that’s something too...

Another handy element of the video chat is that you can turn off one video feed in order to help give the bandwidth to the person who needs it most. 

Say there’s Caroline in Australia who is trying to show Jimmy the view of a beach, whilst Jimmy is sitting in his bedroom back in North London. If Jimmy turns his video chat off, Caroline doesn't have to stare at his man cave anymore and Jimmy will be able to see a better quality video of Caroline’s view. Clever, eh?  

This isn't the first time Facebook has tried to kick off a video chat tool. In 2011 they gave it a go but it was done in partnership with Skype and only available on desktop.  Let it be said, it was really, really poor. So it can only go up from here, right? Facebook sound like they've thought this one through, so we look forward to trying it out and expect a smooth, attractive, reliable ride ahead. 


Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF

 
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Facebook Introduces New Video Chat Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Thursday, April 30, 2015 Rating: 5

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