-Tom Anderson, founder of MySpace
I've seen this type of thinking first hand. You must understand why it didn't work before, and what is different now. I can see people at MS saying, "The iPad will never work. We tried tablets w/o keyboards back in 2002 and everyone wanted convertibles. It'll never work."
Little differences can be a big deal. Experience is not useful w/o the analysis to put your experience in perspective.
With the iPad, Apple's key insight was that tablets had sucked because the OS hadn't been meticulously tuned to afford use on tablets. I'm curious as to what people think the key insight is that Facebook is bringing to video chat?
From what I'm reading here the TC author seems to think that Joe Average User wasn't using skype or stickam or any of the previous offerings for video chat because the user base wasn't there. I don't know about that, because all of my friends have had skype forever and I can count the number of times I've video chatted with them on one finger. I feel like I wasn't using those, and won't be using this, not because the user base wasn't FIXNUM huge, but because it feels intrusive and I don't want to feel like I have to shower, shave, and put on presentable clothes just to tool around on Facebook.
The other issue is that MySpace never reached this critical mass of users that Facebook has. I can see video chat being about Facebook, more than Skype over the next year. "Get on Facebook so we can video chat".
Lastly, broadband penetration and bandwidth is that much better since 2007.
Case in point: I told my younger sister about Facebook's announcement today, and she didn't really care since she already had Skype to video chat with her friends. Then I told her about Google+'s Hangout feature and her eyes lit up.
Video chatting is no longer a killer feature, but group video chatting is as long as Skype maintains premium pricing for group chats.
No, Facebook will install it automatically. With MySpace you had to do a separate download to get the MySpaceIM client.
I told my younger sister about Facebook's announcement today, and she didn't really care since she already had Skype to video chat with her friends.
I have Skype and Facebook both today too. I have like 8 addresses in my Skype book. I have about 200 friends in Facebook, which includes almost everyone I talk to. I don't think my setup is all that unusual.
Skype is great for video calls, Phone calls...and thats about it. Facebook does everything else.
Of course, given the good relations that Facebook has with Skype/Microsoft, I doubt they have any desire or intention to kill Skype, but the two services are certainly competing for the same users now.
Facebook's video chatting feature has no influence on my decision to use Google+, but it does influence my decision to use Skype.
Personally, I don't like the idea of video chatting through Facebook. I use skype exclusively to video chat because its what I am accustomed too, it's the application I trust. Trust being the keyword there because I do not trust Facebook.
The Facebook feature runs in the browser and guides the receiving side through the process of enabling in-browser video calls.
That said, I agree that Facebook's announcement is not that big of a deal.
Grandmas everywhere will now be playing bridge over video chat. :)
As Tom Anderson (founder of Myspace) stated on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/112063946124358686266/posts/g2zmxn1L...) Myspace had one-on-one video chat back in 2004 but I guess without the help of Skype and without the necessary broadband penetration it wasn't all that useful.
I was unaware somebody was able to do this. Who has the ability?
(I don't mind, just curious.)
That has some guidelines on titles and mentions that "the editors may rewrite it."... perhaps they didn't like that you used the number 3, and preferred 2007 because that has more meaning?
A risk for both Google+ and Facebook is that because they are in a war over features; features which may threaten their own value propositions.
Facebook as made changes to adapt to Twitter and done well. But Skype integration may not turn out to be forward thinking for Facebook.
"Facebook Video Chat: Like ChatRoulette, but with real-life consequences within your relationships & social circles." -
Just fun to remember.