A videoconference or video conference (also known as a videoteleconference) is a set of interactive telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. It has also been called ‘visual collaboration’ and is a type of groupware.
Skype is already a popular way to conduct live or live-to-tape video interviews for both news and entertainment shows. Skype’s free voice and video calls and chats over the Internet has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing.
Google+, now testing with a few thousands people, includes a popular “hangout” feature that combines up to 10 people in a live video chat. Google has already released video chat for android phones. And don’t forget about Apple’s Facetime video calling.
Facebook rolled out its video Chat yesterday — it’s a quick plugin download — and you simple click a “call” button next to a user’s profile and it rings them on the other end. If the user doesn’t answer, you can leave a video message. And there’s no need to register for Skype, or download the Skype client.
Skype video conferencing is great for group video conferencing. Facebook video chat is great to talk to friends one at a time. Google Hangouts is great for group chat.
Video chat features are set to become the killer app in the world of social media now that Facebook has announced a partnership with Skype. It doesn’t take an expert to predict video calling/chat will become an indispensable part of human communication.
But the real question is who will rule video chat in the near future. Skype, Google, Facebook or another disruptor soon to win your attention. And with Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft, video chat can change in any direction.