Facebook now offering Skype video calling between friendsVideo chat feature rolling out to Facebook users

07 July 2011

Facebook Skype logo

Facebook has introduced a video chatting feature available to all of its users. The service, powered by Skype, is rolling out now.

Skype has offered video calling for a number of years, but this is the first time you'll be able to see and hear your friends live through Facebook. 

It also is an interesting response to the new social networking site Google+, which not only offers one-to-one video calling but offers group chat too.

When asked about a group chatting, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that one-to-one chatting was far more popular at the moment, but hinted also that other 'premium' Skype services would be added in future.

Setting up

To make a video call in Facebook, a webcam and an initial software set-up within Facebook is required. Your chat status should be set to "online".

If you call a friend and they do not answer, you can leave them a video message which will be available to them the next time they check their messages.

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