Back in September, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) launched Messenger Instant Video to allow Facebook Messenger users to broadcast real-time video in Messenger text exchanges. Now the social networking giant has introduced Group Video Chat in Messenger, a real-time video option that has practical business applications.
Group Video Chat on Messenger
Group Video Chat in Messenger allows up to six people at a time to “chat face-to-face live as a group no matter where you are – whether you’re down the street or halfway across the world.” Small businesses can use this feature for video conferencing, for example.
If your group is a little larger, Facebook says not to worry because up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than 6 people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants, Facebook said.
“Group Video Chat in Messenger makes it simple and seamless to stay connected face-to-face,” explained Facebook’s Stephane Taine, Product Manager, Messenger, in a post announcing the news on Facebook’s newsroom blog.
How to Get Started with Group Video Chat in Messenger
To get started with the new Group Video Chat in Messenger, Taine says you’ll need the latest version of Messenger. Once you have the latest version of Messenger, “all you have to do is jump into an existing group conversation, or create a new one. Then tap on the video icon on the upper right of the screen to enter the video chat and everyone in the group will be notified.”
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David: I bet this will be a game change for Facebook messages and the field of online tel. conferences.
Btw: Did you see that the New Year’s glasses said 2007? 😉
I recently tested Facebook group chat with a person in the Philippines and another person in Sweden. I think that Facebook user had a bad Internet connection at this point in time, so we had to test with only sound and did another try at a different time of day. I think this new feature will be a game changer for tel. conferences in the future. What do you think Microsoft & Skype will do now?
Facebook group video chat is for casual and social interactions. But for business meetings and video conferences, tools like webex, R-HUB HD video conferencing servers etc. are widely used by organizations worldwide.