Facebook Promises Something Awesome

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 2:39pm

Zuckerberg rolls out new Skype-powered video chat and Group Chat features.

Facebook is making a move to protect its status as the world's leading social network.

The company's founder announced a new way for users to connect Wednesday: Video chatting through Skype.

The concept of video chatting is not new, but simplifying it and introducing into the social network realm could give it a major boost.

The Facebook/Skype pairing comes about a week after the world's leading search engine, Google, introduced its own social networking site called Google Plus.

Among its features is video chatting for multiple users.

Facebook's initial video chat offering is one to one.

Skype's been offer free internet phone and video calls to consumers since 2003.

That company is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, but the deal is not affected by
the Facebook announcement.

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