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Video chat now fully integrated on Facebook

We learned about the new video chat feature on Facebook a couple of days ago and this involves going into a page and selecting a friend you wish to video chat with. Recently, I just noticed that the functionality is now incorporated on each chat window making it more accessible to users.

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When you open a chat window, you will see a new video icon on the upper right part. Click on that and you will be prompted by Facebook to install this small Skype plug-in. Yep, Facebook video chat is powered by Skype and you don’t need admin rights to install this plug-in.

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Once that’s done, just wait for your friend to accept the video call. Facebook made the video window very minimal, no borders whatsoever and you can drag it around and keep it on top of other windows. Video is clear and smooth which should not be surprising for Skype users. It’s a more accessible option for video calls since you don’t need to install a separate application, create a new account and add contacts just for it.

Google+ still has the advantage for having the capability to do multi-person video chat but Facebook is working on it. Now we’ll have to wait for this functionality to arrive on Facebook apps for mobile devices.

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  • Win

    Awwww.. 🙁 It doesn’t work on Opera… that sucks.

    • hmmm really? maybe it’s only for the big three, chrome, IE and FF.

  • err

    paano gamitin ang video chat sa FB? hindi ko makita? 😀

    • chat with a friend as you normally would and you will see the video icon dun sa chat window.

  • Does it work on smartphones too? Have you tried it Calvin?

    • “Now we’ll have to wait for this functionality to arrive on Facebook apps for mobile devices.”

  • Ron

    It doesn’t work in abu dhabi =(

  • I did not know that it is possible T_T. BTW thanks for the info. A must try feature of Facebook.

  • Mackoy

    I think you need to go first here http://www.facebook.com/videocalling
    but make sure you’re already logged in on facebook before going to this site

    • naw… that was before. i was able to install the plugin just by clicking the “video” icon on the chat window.

      • Mackoy

        I see..

  • Bob

    Wow very exciting feature for facebook but when I log on to my account open the chat there is no indication of video chat. how come?

  • ramiro

    wala pa sa kingdom of sa

  • Thebest Jonas