Facebook now has Integrated Video Calling – Skype goes Blue

Mr Z is set on making his blue-hued social network’s omnipotence even more difficult to avoid. Facebook and Skype have teamed up to enable video chat right there in Facebook!

You’ll be able to Skype vid-call via the new Facebook Chat features – you can give it a whirl by clicking facebook.com/videocalling.

You’ll need to download a plugin to get underway but it’s not a biggy and you should be up and running in a matter of seconds. If you’re attempting to video-call a friend that hasn’t got around to setting up the new feature they’ll simply be prompted to download the plug in and then, should the accept, you’ll be able to see their smiling face 🙂

The biggest bonus to having Skype integrated into Facebook is that if you’re already their friend on Facebook you wont need to ask them for their Skype id. I have over 1,000 Facebook friends (not bragging) and perhaps have 15-20 Skype contacts – even I can do *that* maths 😉

To use this exciting new feature just click on the new ‘call’ icon at the top of a friend’s profile – you’ll find it snuggled in between the ‘message’ and ‘poke’ buttons (click the main pic above to enlarge). Alternatively, you can click the video icon in the Chat window.

There are some other new features in Facebook include Group Chat (which appeared to me last night whilst inboxing a couple of people regarding a wine competition) which allows you to send instant messages to several people at once in a group conversation.

The re-design also features a sidebar that lists the people you message most to be used as a shortcut for you to chat with your bestest buddies.

The new features were announced today by Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg from his HQ in Palo Alto, California.

Prepare for more innovations too! Zuckerberg says that there’s a “lot of fun stuff” coming in the next weeks and months.

Facebook now has 750 million users, and believes it will soon reach a billion befriending folks.

You itching to give FB Vid-calling a go or do you find this all too intrusive?

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