Jul 062011

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Facebook is teaming up with Skype to allow video chatting through the social networking hub. Features being announced are:

Group Chat
Over 50% of users actively use Groups and want to chat with those people.

New Design
One-click access to the users you chat with the most, regardless of if they are currently online.

Video Calling
Can connect through the chat bar as well as through any user’s profile.
Software downloads within the browser in under 30 seconds.

Skype CEO Tony Bates also joined in the conversation, discussing the fact that with this integration, the user numbers will be in the billions soon, and the technology they are developing needs to be able to handle that. He also tells us the discussions began about 6 months ago, and they are proud of the deep integration they have produced and are rolling out today.

How do you think you can use the new Group Chat and Video Calling features?

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