Facebook scooped their own CEO by posting their latest “awesome” announcement on their blog – blog.facebook.com – 30 minutes before he took to the stage. It’s video chat, powered by Skype and group messaging.
The interface has been revamped too with your most messaged friends cropping up in the right hand column of your home page.
It looks smooth and like a serious improvement on Chat which could be limited and buggy. It builds on Facebook’s attempts to re-make email by turbo-charging messages and making it a social hub for all your online social chit-chat.
However. Are we wowed..? Um, well less than we were by the Like Button which really was a revolution in how Facebook, and indeed the whole internet worked. This is more of a nice add-on. However it could be really sweet, engaging and have big take-up from users. Of course it will likely mean people will spend longer on the site too.
Like Skype itself it will be excellent for contacting long distance friends and family members. But I suppose it is too much like Skype to be breath-taking for the techie community, there is no seriously new technology here.
Unlike messages which had a long beta, video chat should be rolled out to everyone in the next couple of weeks.
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