It is unfortunate that many people do not realize all that there is to enjoy on facebook like the FACEBOOK VIDEO CHAT. Facebook is an amazing free social networking site but it so much more. It allows you connect with the ends of the earth from any corner of the world.
Of the 7 billion people on the surface of the Earth, at least a billion are on Facebook thus, the option of video chat is very handy indeed. It allows you go live with the opportunity of more people than you can imagine being able to view you.
Overview of Facebook video chat
FACEBOOK VIDEO CHAT feature was founded in 2011 as an integration between Facebook and Skype. Facebook says the point of the video chat is to bring conversations to life such that you can see the person you are chatting with, tell what their expressions are and actions they are performing while chatting.
This feature is a Facebook Messenger capability that spices up the chatting experience. Up until, December 2016, users could only chat one on one but now, a group video chat is available. The way the group chat works is that it accommodates up to 50 people but once up to 6 people join, only the face of the dominant participant will be visible. To join a group video chat, you only have to tap the video chat icon and join an existing group or create your own. All participants of the group will have to have the latest update of Facebook Messenger to be able to enjoy this group chat with its new features.
Big thumbs up goes to the developers because it is not only free but comes with a whole lot of cool and unique features. The latest update to the video chat now allows you send ‘reactions’. Any of the standard emojis on Facebook (sadness, surprise, anger, laughter, love) to your friend can be clicked but instead of being a mere picture, it is animated. You also can use filters, like you have on Snapchat. This has the potential of making a web chat extremely fun and spiced up.
Another new touch up to the video chat from the 2011 version is that you can click on the camera icon to screenshot the chat, thus piling up beautiful memories.
How to Use Facebook video chat
It provides the icons of a webcam, microphone, games icon and smileys. To enjoy this feature, you may open it on the Facebook website or the Facebook messenger app on your device.
Using the app, open a conversation window with the friend you want to chat with. Click on the video chat icon at the top of the conversation (webcam icon). If the icon is grey then it means that the friend is not available for the video chat. At this point, a message about initiating a web chat will be sent to the friend you intend chatting with. If your friend accepts the request, you can then go live. Of course, both you and your friend should have a webcam to enable the chat but if you are using your mobile phone, you can switch from the back camera to the front camera.
If you are using the website directly, click the ‘chat’ icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Be sure that you are using a browser that supports this app, like Chrome, Opera or Firefox. Select the contact you wish to chat with by typing the name or searching through your friend’s list. Click the video chat icon, which is the picture of a video camera. If you friend, you will be able to click on it and if not, it will be grey. Facebook will then request access to your webcam which you should approve. Once your friend accepts the request to chat, you can carry on.
The games icon, on the other hand, is there to allow you play a variety of board games with your friends. Those games include chess, snooker etc. The smiley allows you send any of the standard Facebook icons (as listed above) to your friend.
Pros of Facebook Video chat
- It gives room for up to 50 people to join a group session unlike other apps that have 10-people limit.
- Facebook constantly adds new and unique features to stay ahead of its competitors. The more Facebook does this, the more features there are for the user to enjoy.
- It is an alternative to other apps like Skype
- You can download the app (Facebook Messenger) on your mobile device or personal computer, whichever suits you.
Facebook video chat is an excellent feature that shows how much Facebook is a step ahead. It is consistently being improved upon and so a good choice if you want to connect with friends and family wherever they are.