Facebook announced Wednesday the integration of Skype video chats and the addition of group text chats into the social networking service. With Skype video chats, Facebook users can initiate video chats directly from their conversations with friends, while the group text chats are just what they sound like.
The camera indicates video chat availability
“For those of us who have been working on this, it’s particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people,” said Facebook engineer Philip Su, blithely ignoring the fact all 750 million of those people already had access to Skype had they wanted it. “We’re making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world.”
Video calling will be enabled for everyone “over the next few weeks,” but the company is also allowing users to sign up for it now.
The company released this completely uninformative and unhelpful video below, though to be fair when easy-to-access video chat was brand new in the early part of the aughts, it would have been a fresh breeze breathing life into our staid and dreary Internet lives.
Facebook video chat promo video.