OK. Today on July 6/2011, Facebook held a keynote to unveil new chat innovations. They focused on Group Chat, a New Design, and Video Calling.
Group Chats will allow you to chat to multiple people at once. They have already integrated this into Groups earlier. Facebook said that 50% of people are active users of Groups. But now, you can group chat without groups. In order to group chat, you will see a new box in the chat box. Click it and a drop down menu will appear. Then you can press, add friends to chat.
A new chat design will be coming out, and Facebook says, it will take your browser size into account. The new design is coming out with a sidebar, displaying people who you chat with the most (I believe).
Video Calling uses the same technology of Skype, and will allow you to video call others. All you have to do is go to the profile of the person you are calling, and press call. Or, when the new chat instals, there will be a icon on the chat window for video chat. The look kind of looks like FaceTime though…
Here is a screenshot of video chat.
You will need to set up video calling the first time you call, and install a quick download. Then PRESTO, you’re ready to go!
So when is this all available? TODAY! These features are available right now! To set it up, go here: https://www.facebook.com/videocalling