Facebook Announces New Chat Services

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Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced some new changes to the popular social networking site, thanks to a new partnership with Skype. In the new partnership, Facebook will provide it’s users with a new video chat service, powered by Skype. Also announced were a new interface to make chatting even easier, as well as a much-anticipated group chat feature. Let’s take a look at exactly what went down with today’s announcement:

1:15pm: Zuckerberg talking about where social networking is 5 years ago compared to today.

1:19pm: Talking about the next 5 years and where social networking is going.

1:20pm: The next five years is not just about active users. It’s about the value, time spent on the network, and how it affects the economy.

1:23pm: Now he’s talking about exponential growth and something about paper going to the moon?? Also mentioned 750 million users on Facebook.

1:26pm: Now talking about the growth of Sharing on Social Network.

1:27pm: 4 billion things shared every day on Facebook.

1:28pm: Group chat announced for Facebook. New design for chat coming, as well as video calling.

1:29pm: Zuckerberg talking about the new design. “Buddy list” style way to chat online is coming.

1:30pm: Announcement of partnership with Skype for video chatting.

1:36pm:
Group chat being demo’d.

1:37pm: Group chat rolling out today. Now discussing new sidebar for chat. Video calling will also roll out today.

1:38pm: New call button to begin showing up on profiles for video calling.

1:38pm: Video calling being demo’d. Video calling already launched to “millions of users.”

1:39pm: Small download required to activate video chat. Downloads within browser and launches in under 30 seconds.

And there you have it. The rumors were true. It wasn’t the iPad app that I was hoping for, but hopefully we will see that coming very soon! The new chat features will launch today on Facebook’s website.