Facebook Changes: Improvements?

Facebook announced exciting changes during their live video conference today.  Do you believe these are improvements?Announced today:

  1. Video Calling with Skype
  2. New Chat Design, complete with Buddy Lists
  3. Group Chatting

The partnership with Skype was something necessary and a natural next step for the two companies.  It solidifies Skype’s place in the social environment and it helps Facebook to continue to grow in the wake of Google + 1.Do you see these changes as improvements?  For businesses that use Facebook to connect and stay in communication with their client and potential clients; this is HUGE!  Imagine interfacing with fans and clients directly off of your Facebook Business Page!  Holding a Group Chat Session with employees in other locations!  It’s all about being connected, being responsive and humanizing business.How will these compete with Google + 1 ?  Too soon to tell; and in reality, it is two different situations; but it does raise the bar for both Facebook and Skype in our social environment.

Comments

  1. Knikkolette Church says:

    Although I like that Facebook is on board with video calling with Skype, I haven’t used it yet. I’ve only used Skype separate from Facebook. ??I’m not that crazy about the design, but I think they are ??moving in the right direction with the buddy list. ??That’s something I was looking for a while back when I was writing a "how-to" post. ??I’m glad they added that. As far as group chatting is concerned – I haven’t used that feature yet so I can’t say whether I like it or not. ????That being said… I DID try the Google+ Hangout. ?? The settings aren’t in intuitive locations, and the people on the other end said I sounded "metallic". ??I haven’t tried the chat feature on Google+ yet but looking forward to that.??Both Facebook & Google+ have room for improvement.

  2. Great points and time will tell on the competition. I can tell you that Video calling using Skype does have some issues. The video is not always two way. Problems or not it still is a step in the right direction !

  3. Great points and time will tell on the competition. I can tell you that Video calling using Skype does have some issues. The video is not always two way. Problems or not it still is a step in the right direction !

  4. Knikkolette Church says:

    Although I like that Facebook is on board with video calling with Skype, I haven’t used it yet. I’ve only used Skype separate from Facebook.  I’m not that crazy about the design, but I think they are  moving in the right direction with the buddy list.  That’s something I was looking for a while back when I was writing a "how-to" post.  I’m glad they added that. As far as group chatting is concerned – I haven’t used that feature yet so I can’t say whether I like it or not.   That being said… I DID try the Google+ Hangout.   The settings aren’t in intuitive locations, and the people on the other end said I sounded "metallic".  I haven’t tried the chat feature on Google+ yet but looking forward to that. Both Facebook & Google+ have room for improvement.

  5. Jackie Paulson says:

    I like new things.  I am not liking the ads on the side bars.  Did they mention that?

  6. I like the new changes with the video collaboration with Skype, but like you I do not like the ads. However, their explanation is that by selling advertisements like that, they keep Facebook free for users.  But no mention of that on during the event.

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