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So Facebook's "awesome" thing was unveiled yesterday, and it left some people wondering just what the definition of "awesome" is. While there are still many out there who are quick to point out the good parts of the social network's new video chat integration, the outspoken many seem to be leaning more towards "That's so 2007." But, perhaps the announcement could have been improved with more than just a fleeting mention of a mobile app sometime in the future.

There are more than a few ways to look at Mark Zuckerberg and company's announcement as a good thing. After all, Facebook has 750 million users, and now they can video chat one-on-one. That is pretty cool. The simple fact is that Facebook's timing was probably off. After all, Google had just unveiled Google+, the search giant's answer to the social network (after Buzz). This time around though, G+ is being met with plenty of fanfare and adoption; most of which is bolstered by the fact that Google+ has 10-person video conferencing. That's coupled with the already present one-on-one video chat that Google Talk already offers.

It seems logical that while Facebook's integration with Skype is a big step with its prominent user base, that if Facebook really wanted to make a splash in the news that they needed to not only come out swinging, but also by jumping ahead. Perhaps if Facebook video chat supported up to 11 people (or more), and featured a ridiculously easy set-up process (and no plug-in).

Or, maybe just a native mobile client for more than one mobile operating system. After all, Facebook is one of the most downloaded mobile applications, so why wouldn't the company out more focus on the mobile front? Or, perhaps the better question should be: why isn't Facebook putting more of an effort into the mobile space. If Zuckerberg had come out on stage and unveiled a new, outstanding iPad application, the news would have gone up in a rage of "Finally!" news. Or, better yet, Facebook could have launched Facebook video chat and an iPad app at the same time. If the application supported video chatting out of the gate, people would have freaked out (in a good way).

Yes, there are probably plenty of reasons why Facebook didn't do anything like this. It wouldn't be surprising to find out that Facebook is more than content on using their ridiculous user base in promoting that one-on-one video chatting scenario. And eventually there will be money being passed around, in some fashion or another. There isn't any doubt about that.

Whether or not Facebook's announcement comes anywhere near Google's announcement is probably going to come down to personal preference more than anything else. But I truly believe that if Facebook had offered up something for the mobile market, specifically geared towards that video calling feature, the company could have made history. And, more importantly, a lot of people happy.

But, tell me what you think. Does Facebook's video calling integration match up with Google+'s own implementation? Could Facebook change everything by launching a more mobile version of the same thing? Let me know in the comments what you think.


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Afi Ahmed yessssssssssssssss
Chris Ransom Fuck face time
Walter Perez Nope! If I want to video chat I would do FaceTime!...
Marwan J Sayegh Helllllllllllll yeah!
Bryce Carlson HELLZ YEA! TELL THEM TO
Carlos Obando I think they would be better off just adding features to their current mobile application
Chris Ransom Yes ,but they care more about the desktop than app cause my shit constantly refreshes on the mobile app and that's from launch date of the EVO 3D its now July and still waiting on a fix
Gabriel Freeman Do you mean by using Skype? If so, then no. It would work on, what, four Android phones, and people would complain about fragmentation. They should work on providing a decent basic Facebook app first before trying to combine two things that don't work well.
David Lewis Yes they should
Gordon Christie yes but it would only work for sensation and galaxy s2 etc
Brittany Marie Weddle That would be so cool
Stuart James Baucum first of all- they launched a videochat service now??? second- definitely!! =)
Alan Grinberg Of course. Why are companies taking so ling to understand that mobile features are as important as desktop features? The video-calling is still buggy too. I thought they'd release a complete and market ready product
Jordan Crawford Heck yes they should
Jean Pacrim They can't, they don't own it!!!! Duhhh!!!! Its a special relationship between msft and fbook... That's why there's no deep integration of fbook in the upcoming ios5 because MSFT and facebook are best of FRIENDS...
Jerry Adney mobile video chat is still kind of crappy. You can do it but unless you have good bandwidth and a big enough screen and a front camera it's pointless. I've been using Gmail video chat for years now but they just added it to the mobile Google Talk app this year. Not sure if they will add the new group video chat from Google+ just because of screen size limitations and bandwidth concerns. Since there is already a Skype mobile app they could have probably built a custom version that just logs into Facebook and lists friends as contacts. The biggest issue for me has always been how few of my friends actually enable it on their phones or computers so even though I can video chat in Google Talk, there are usually only a handful of people on at any given time with video enabled.
Sicheng Weng Google is going to enslave us...Skynet
Frank Caputo Yeah, it would be great if it worked with phones.
Francisco E. Moscoso And an Ipad facebook that it look good and not all blurred
Steve Williams at least for tablets
Justin Crouch There is no reason they should not have released an app. They should have had it in development during the Skype development.
Sergio Nayar Of course, that should be obvious!
Mohamed Ahmed I think it will come, just needs some time. Regular chat took some time till we got it on mobile (android)
Melissa Cruz-Guzmán Yes! Hopefully Google+ becomes successful though.
Gabriel Guevara For android ..sadly no. I'm sure it'll mess up more than when Facebook came out for android. ( which is a lot ) For apple...im not sure. I've never really used Facebook on apple products. But I've never heard anything bad about it. People have their own opinions so I'm not starting a android vs apple war ok? Lol.
Agustin Quintana IPad 2 app is needed, might as well throw in the new feature in it
Victor Sanchez Yeah and they need to optimize their app for iPad 2 they are taking TOO LONG!!!
James Valentin Yes!!!!!!!
John Borja Why wouldn't they?
Brandon Rumph No they needed to take baby steps.
Bob Fitzgerald Uh...yea.
Laura Arellano Yes, and for tablets like for the HP touchpad! That would b sooooo awesome
Kevin Thomas If the question has to be asked the answer is yes already.
Chad Zumbaugh Yeah, I think so
Joe Kreeper Giarraffa Google+ video chat is 10x better
Gladys Devant Wont matter...Google+ will be the better one and phase out Facebook before they get their bugs and issues fixed!
Connor Harrington Is a bird in the hand worth 2 in the bush?
Joel Gomez The new battle ground is tablets and phones. They still don't get it. Facebook should be on par with the desktop version by now. unfortunately it isn't. I can see google + taking over.
Brad Pitcher Of course!
Gabriel Fernandez I'm sure it's in the works..
Bradley Jamenya And would crash like crazy
Reggie Alcos absolutely! i still dont understand why companies are still focusing on desktop first and THEN mobile! do they not see the exponential growth of people using their smartphones to access their social networks OR are they just choosing to ignore it? I like what I'm seeing from both FB and Google+, but I think Google+ is really focusing on how to make your social network accessible ANYWHERE (mobile)!
Bradley Jamenya No because all phones don't have front cameras but it would work but u wont chat to the other person
Juan Camacho Hell yeah !!!
Alan Lawton I just updated my skype to the 5.5 beta and now linked up for video chat. Will have to try it out later once the kids are out of the way
Shannon Alcorn Yes I use my iPhone 4 more than desktop version of Facebook. So would be nice to have.
Jordan Selmer Agree with keith mobile apparently would just crash when you open it
AleXander WaTson Aw yeah! we know that?
Silver Fox dont matter google + will have all we need soon
Theresa Jones Definitely I would use it :)
Susan Hugus You should get an air horn. That is what they tell us to do here.
Keith Ainsley Would help if Facebook mobile apps worked like they should to begin with. I can see adding video chat and it crashing more. :(
Jorell Rutledge Yes. I think to compete with Google+ they'll need to.
Arvydas Grušeckas Well, not really. WP7 will have that covered, soon
Hans Jaramillo Not completely necessary, but it would've helped.
Kasheena Mode Yes. I didnt even know there was such a thing. . . Lol




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