Being able to use video in conjunction with our chats and collaborative efforts is game-changing for individuals and organizations. Today I had a chance to test out both Google’s new Hangout and Facebook’s new video interface with Skype.
Here’s the scoop:
Google + Hangouts allows up to ten users to chat at the same time, while the main display automatically senses who is speaking into the mic and quickly moves from one speaker to the next. Hangouts is quick, easy to use, and free, so its great for business meetings or for just hanging out!
Thank you to Adam Helweh for helping me test this out! It really is easy to use and a lot of fun!
Facebook video chat is the result of a new partnership between Skype and Facebook. After a little setup, users can quickly click video chat button in any chat window to start chatting! It doesn’t have the multiple user system of Google Hangouts, but it does make it easier to consolidate Skype and Facebook into one social media stream. With the huge number of users now using Facebook, this video chat is a great new tool for social networking!
I hope you all test out these tools for yourselves to come to your own conclusions and drive the technological revolution of the Great Facebook and Google War!
Here are some great links to understanding Google Hangouts and Facebook video chats, and don’t forget to visit Chris Brogan’s blog for the latest info on this new technology!
- Facebook introduces Skype video calling (macworld.com)
- Google plans to open Hangouts for interoperability (gigaom.com)
- Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps (slashgear.com)