While it’s come a long way since its infancy at the turn of the millennium, I’m constantly surprised by how people so often fail to make the most of it.
There are many video chat services, but the following are among the most popular: Skype is a mostly free video chat, file sharing, and instant-messenger service owned by Microsoft.
But Google Hangouts isn’t as good for one on one conversations.
The whole setup of a hangout, sending out invites, is too complicated for that, Instead you can just initiate a Google video call directly to another user, and that works very similarly to Skype and now Facebook (Google should add a video chat button to user profiles, too).
If you want to have a one on one video chat, and your friend list is hosted at Facebook, the new Facebook video chat is a near perfect product.
You can initiate a call right from the home page, or that person’s profile page. So for now, there’s really no comparison between the products.
As we close the year, we’re thrilled to launch the most requested Messenger feature ever — the ability to video chat in groups.With 600 million Messenger users and 1.44 billion on Facebook, the new VOIP video feature has a massive built-in audience.Mark Zuckerberg said on last week’s Facebook earnings call that Messenger already accounts for 10% of global mobile VOIP calls.“Think about people being able to pay for their favorite artist to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them,” Decker said.“It could change the way people interact with their fans, the media, etc.,” she added.I don’t remember the company’s name, and I’m sure it’s long-since gone extinct and been replaced by newer evolutions, but back then it opened up my world in ways I’d never dreamed possible.It gave me the chance to spend hours talking with my boyfriend face-to-face – even though we lived more than 200 miles apart.As a freshman in college in the year 2000, I remember struggling mightily to pay my 400-minute monthly cell phone bill.I was trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend, but our time to talk was limited due to his packed baseball schedule, my two jobs, and, most of all, the fact that we’d only dated for a month before heading to separate schools.While I’d like to think my relationship would have survived nine months apart even if video chat hadn’t been around, there’s no way to know for sure.What I know is that the video chat industry continues to revolutionize the way people interact on both a personal and professional level, and it remains a major part of my life as an online entrepreneur.