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Facebook Launches Group Chat, A New Chat Design and Video Calling

     
5:31 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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At a conference in Facebook's HQ in Palo Alto Mark Zuckerberg talked about the "something awesome" [webmasterworld.com] launch today.

He talked about Group Chat and a new chat design, along with Video Calling in a hook-up with Skype.

Group Chat and a simplified chat design is rolling out today, along with video calling.

More to follow as the announcements come out.
6:06 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Very interesting considering Mircosoft's purchase of Skype.
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If it needs Skype installed on the same computer where you're using FB, it won't pick up too much. Also, will you need to login to Skype too? I think the big G outdid the FB, that is if I understand correctly that the video chat in FB wont be a native web app.

Also, video chat on FB probably means some more facial recognition training + a new voice recognition feature. I of one won't be using this.
6:45 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hmm, so this was the "something awesome" announcement?
6:52 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Disappointed.
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FWIW...

"Call Your Friends Right From Facebook" (blog.facebook.com)

HUFFPOST TECH on the topic [huffingtonpost.com...]
8:01 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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That's it? Yawn.
10:44 pm on July 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I closed my account last week. Very happy and never have been more proud of myself:) Now, where do I go to claim back the time I wasted on Facebook?
3:21 am on July 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Habtom I can't agree with you more. When I read the "Big News" my first thought was yahoo days when they hosted a chat. Remember those they were a waste of time and I see this as in the same class.
3:59 am on July 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't know, my teen uses FB extensively, but switches to Skype and OOVOO to video chat with friends.

If you're a video chatter, this is a "+1" for FB.
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Facebook video chat is one on one only, not group.

I closed my account last week.

But... your farm... :)
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I've limited my account to include friends that I only interact with on a day-to-day basis, disabled myself from appearing in search results and so on.

I've got (just) 35-40 friends which means not much new happens, though I'm in touch with my normal (non-geek) friends without appearing to be an anti-social git; this means FB gets boring very quickly and I spend probably only around 5 minutes a day on it at most.

No app's/games/farms for me thanks :)
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Typical responses from IT folks. :)

This is actually good news for Facebook users who may or may not already use Skype.
7:40 am on July 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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wonder if this really work