In a news conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg unveiled his vision for the next five years of Facebook, and announced a few new features to the popular social networking platform that might look familiar to those of you lucky enough to be using Google+
The biggest announcement is that soon you can now have a video chat with your Facebook friends directly from chat. Both of you will have to download and install the plugin first, but once you do, a face to face chat is just a button away. Unlike the Google+ Hangout feature, Facebook chat is limited to one-on-one video.
The second major feature is the addition of group text chat. Previously, only members of a Facebook group would be able to create a group chat, but now users will be able to invite whoever they want to the chat, similar to the Huddle feature in Google+ on mobile devices, or Google Talk group chat in Gmail.
Lastly, Facebook will give their chat system a much-needed facelift, so it's easier to tell who's online to chat. Facebook Chat will also be coded to take advantage to the extra screen space on widescreen monitors, moving your Chat list off to the side and out of the pop-up menu.
When asked about the Facebook mobile app, Mark Zuckerburg said the new group chat will already work with mobile devices, but that they haven't finished porting over video chat at this time, saying “These are mostly web features for now.”
All of these features will roll out to web users in the "coming weeks" but if you're feeling adventurous, the video chat can be installed today via a link in their blog.
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