Facebook Announces Group Chat, Video Calling Backed by Skype [Google+ vs Facebook]


In case you aren’t watching, Facebook’s own Mark Zuckerberg is giving a briefing to press where he’s announcing the next bits of growth for his social networking juggernaut. They highllighted three things they wanted to introduce after noting that they see 4 billion pieces of content shared across Facebook every day: group chat, an improved design and video calling. I think you already know where I’m going with this.

The first and last bits are what we want to focus on here, particularly because these are some of the same things Google just announced for their new social networking platform, Google+. I was just discussing with my friends how Facebook likely already has many of these features in motion, but are sitting on them until any of the folks on their short list of direct competitors introduce them.

Well, Google+ is one of those direct competitors. Video calling? Check. Group chats? Hello, Huddles. And more than Google+ was introduced with these features, they’re nothing new at all. Group chatting has been part of Google Talk for quite some time. More recently, video calling has also been available. Google has sat on and refined these two features before introducing them in Google+, and it seems to have paid off.

I say that because Facebook’s video calling feature is only two-way. It’s just you and another person. The only way more than two people can video chat is if they have someone else in the room. With Google+, you can “Hangout” and video call with up to ten of your friends. It’s interesting to note that Facebook’s video calling feature is driven by Skype, a company now owned by Microsoft. That creates an interesting dynamic considering Google is directly competing with Microsoft in many different avenues.

All of that adds up to make it sound like Facebook was feeling the heat and needed to respond with the goods. Many Google+ users (Google+ers?) feel like the only thing holding it back from giving Facebook a run for its money is the fact that they can’t easily convert their friends. While the jury is still out on how much damage G+ can do to Facebook once Google refines the experience and opens it up to all, Facebook clearly wasn’t going to wait to find out.

So the race is on, folks – Facebook has finally met their first true competitor and they’re responding to the challenge. It’ll be hard to dethrone them at this point, but the fact that Facebook has responded so promptly to Google’s new project shows that they know Google has the best shot out of everyone to accomplish it. This war will be quite interesting going forward.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. My eggs are in google’s basket.

    1. my eggs would be too, if they would let me in!

      1. need an invite?

          1. would love an invite!


        1. I could use an invite too.


          I got one.. Thanks

        2. If you can spare an invite I would be very thankfull! [email protected]

        3. Definately!


        4. me too! ryan.chism at

        5. I need a invite please. [email protected]

        6. I would greatly appreaciate an invite if youre so kind [email protected]

  2. “It’s interesting to note that Facebook’s video calling feature is driven by Skype, a company now owned by Microsoft.” During the video announcement the Skype CEO stated that the purchase wasn’t final yet, but that he was hopeful.

  3. Well, I’m (and many many others are) still waiting to get into Google+.

  4. I’d coin G+er’s, +er’s not Google+er’s

  5. the more secure one gets my use. Google has a HUGE advantage here.

  6. who wants an invitation ;)

    1. I want one!
      [email protected]

      1. I would like one please and thank you!

        1. invitation sent :)

      2. you have already G+

    2. lexlybrand (at) gmail (dot) com


      1. invitation sent :)

        1. Hmmm… I don’t see anything in my inbox… BUT, I went to and it looks like I’m live. Thanks!

          1. google+ will not send you an email, that’s why :)

    3. May I have an invite please! I want in !

      eythandamico at

    4. Would love an invite. tdon56(@)gmail(.)com

    5. i would like one my thing is [email protected]

  7. PLEASE!!! one invite please!

  8. Ill take a invite to Google + if someone is so kind to extend it

  9. The first 15 ppl that message me on fb at Matt Cartier, I’ll send a g + invite to.

  10. Well, please add my name. I’d like an invite, also: [email protected]

  11. Facebook Video Calling Link:
    install video calling on fb.. :))
    Go0o0oD News .. even if u don’t have a webcam .. u can still see ur friend and hear him :D

  12. Yep I am all in with Google! The Android Army is coming together! That is not a search engine its a Death Star! Just got signed up with Google + today!

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