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Facebook’s Awesome New Thing: Skype-Powered Video Chat?

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Not to be outdone by Google and all the buzz (no pun intended) surrounding their brand new social project, Google +, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an announcement of his own yesterday.

Speaking to reporters at Facebook’s Seattle office, Zuckerberg said that his company would “launch something awesome” next week.

What is this awesome thing that will blow us all away next week? Speculations ranged from the debut of the new Facebook app for the iPad to the launch of the much talked about Facebook photo-sharing app for iPhone.

Today, some people received a vague invitation from Facebook that simply asked them to “please join us for an event at Facebook.” It is said to be an invite-only event and that space is limited. Here’s what the invite looks like -

Those chat bubbles now make a lot of sense, as TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook plans to launch in-browser video chat powered by Skype. They base this on a source with “knowledge of the partnership.”

The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.

Apparently this is not the entirety of Facebook’s huge new project, but definitely a part of it.

This could be huge for both Facebook and Skype. Skype will now have access to a Facebook user base that more than quadruples its own. Facebook will look to make its service even more inclusive with seamless video chat that is launched straight from the page.

And of course, Skype serves as a link between Facebook and Microsoft, who bought the service back in May.

Facebook’s Awesome New Thing: Skype-Powered Video Chat?
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  • TT

    Google is screwed with their G +. Facebook will not tap into the Skype audience.

    It is beyond me why Facebook hasn’t started their own browser. That will certainly hurt Google big time.

    • TT

      “Facebook will NOW tap into” should’ve read.

  • http://thewebsensesolution.com Jon

    The anti-google is forming, be afraid… it will not be a good thing.

  • Paul Jenkins

    I’m not sure that Facebook actually works…there are trust issues and the advertising is problematic. The skype thing is interesting -but do people search on Facebook when they want to learn something or buy something. Ive never seen any of my friends ask for recommendations from anyone there for purchases. Myspace is kinda done….Facebook isn’t all roses…google still has a stranglehold on profitable results.

  • http://www.trafficfundi.com Traffic Fundi

    Yeah think it could be cool! Never the of google people let’s be honest, there is way too mmuch going for them… Not sure google+ will compete with facebook BUT u won’t rank without google* :) which means more to business

  • http://www.goopla.net/ Grey Olltwit

    Microsoft will have to make some serious investment in Skype hardware if this is to work with Facebook as Skype already struggles to provide a half decent service here in Europe to its current user base. Personally I gave up on Skype last year, as speaking to others in different European countries was becoming almost impossible e.g. lost connection every few minutes was the most common fault.

  • http://www.shout123.co.uk Steve Lowrey

    I love the idea of skype powering the facebook video chat. Will it hurt Google, doubt it..

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    This would certainly be huge if it’s true and would probably make Google +1 even more irrelevant.

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    With Google+ around the corner and its exciting features including the video chat and hangouts this could very well be the case.

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    That will be huge and will force Google to continue to innovate. Kudos Facebook…
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