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How to make video calls on Facebook

Last updated on: July 12, 2011 15:18 IST

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Gourav Jain, Tech2Date.com

Google+ paves the way for yet another interesting feature for Facebook. Now Facebook facilitates video calling, and that too a group video chat.

It seems the world's largest online social network Facebook is now following the footstep of Google in keeping tight in the competition. With the beta launch of Google+ social networking site of Google, Facebook announced that its 750 million users would get the video calling facilities on the site.

The new feature is powered by Skype, the Internet phone service giant.

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To make video calls you need to select the friends with whom you want to chat. A pop up window will open up bringing up the video chat feature. The window is re-sizable and it can be viewed in full screen mode.

Inside the app there is one small window that gets smaller when mouse is not hovering over it. This facilitates you to see yourself when you want to chat. There is no mute, hold or in-call buttons in it.

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The video calling works best in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

In Linux it is presently not being supported and also the mobile integrations is not available. The company says all users will get access soon to the video calling. Once Facebook completes the integration, you will find the video chat button on the top right corner of the chat bar.

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Similar to the normal start of chat session, you need to click on a name of your online contacts and chat window opens. Then you need to click on the video icon to start video chat.

On your friends' profiles, a Call Button will appear between the Poke and Message buttons. Her/His clicking on it will connect both of you for video chat. Even you can leave a voice message if your friend is not available. Ex-out the window and the call ends.

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Last week the same feature Google launched on its Google Plus inviting limited users.

Earlier, at the headquarters of the company, Palo Alto, California, Mark Zukerberg announced they are embarking on launching season 2011. He said that lots of stuff will be added to Facebook in next few weeks and months.

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Not mentioning Google, he said that "independent entrepreneurs and companies focused on one particular thing will always do better than companies that try to do everything".

With every new feature of Facebook, privacy and security questions arises. The best part of it is that no calls are either recorded or saved. However, the date of calls are recorded within the ongoing conversation history in the Message section.

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One of the most renowned applications of Facebook is group chat that may be a bad experience for several users but on the other hand it is definitely a positive means of interacting collaboratively. This chat feature allows members that have been added to particular group to chat at a time when they are online.

But unfortunately group chat feature had not been favoured that much due to its limited features for conversations as compared to other means of joint chat.

To get started with this group chat feature, first of all you need to create a group.

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As a Facebook user, anyone can see an option of creating groups on the left hand side of profile page. This merely doesn't only involve creating and adding members in the group, but it is far more than that seeking fun and entertainment while communicating at a time.

There are no restrictions to members to follow any special norms or guidelines to create a group and there is no prerequisite to create a group. Everyone can create group of their own choice and get started.

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This is a good tool as the group creator can add friends of his/her own choice in group and then chat with them. The administrator of the group can make the group settings private, public and protected. Members can share information, data, and files when there is no security threat and when settings have been customised for each member involved in chat.

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Group chat allows chatting in a single window and all members of group can chat at a time in a single small chat box window. There is no hindrance in joining the conversation in fact anyone from the group list can pop-in and start the conversation with other already online members without consensus of anybody.

This application is an amusement and it is time-saving as all the relevant people can chat about a mutual issue at a time on a single platform and reach to particular decision about the problem under discussion.

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Group chat allows the sharing of information from one individual to others who are unaware of it thus it performs the function of disseminating information too. It has been observed that group chat is somehow more functioning than normal Facebook chat.

There can be some drawbacks of this feature too as this tool reveals all you say to every online member of the group that may sometimes lead to misunderstandings and quarrels so all the members have to be really cautious.

Generally Facebook group chat is certainly a fun-oriented and amazing feature to have a high regard for!

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