Category Archives: Social Media

Facebook launch Skype video chat

Skype and Facebook team up to create video calling

Facebook have announced that they are bringing video chat to the social network giant, in conjunction with Skype. All of Facebook’s 750 million users will not only be able to chat with their friends, but now be able to see them wherever they are in the world. This is the main feature Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced yesterday along with a redesigned chat window and creating group chats.

The key features of Facebook’s video chat are:

  • On your friend’s profile page, you will now see an option to call your friend

  • If your friend is not online, or doesn’t answer, you can leave a video message for them

  • Just like Skype video chats, your video doesn’t begin until both have accepted the call

These are some of the key features of the Facebook Skype video chat. I feel this will be a massive success as it combines a great service such as Skype with the biggest social network on the web. With over 750 million users, I feel people will be using it all the time and loving it. However, this maybe bad news for Google+. A feature within Google+ called ‘Hangouts’ is a video chat service that enables users to video call their friends on Google+. I feel this service will suffer because Facebook already have many users and combing it with Skype will surely blow Google+’s Hangouts out of the water.

Below is the official ‘Facebook Video Chat’ video:

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Facebook Video Calling

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What is BeKnown?

Monster’s application within Facebook

Whilst watching The Social Recruiting Conference on Thursday via Ustream, I came across Monster’s new application built right into Facebook. One of the BeKnown creators gave a presentation on what it is, and how people can use it. Monster is one the largest job websites, where user’s can search for job opportunities and recruiters can advertise roles.

What is it?

1. BeKnown is creating a professional network within Facebook to ensure you enhance your career opportunities. With Facebook having about 750 million active users, it creates a lot more opportunities with a lot more people, compared to other networks such as LinkedIn.

2. You create a profile within Facebook and it can be completely different to your Facebook profile page. This will ensure people don’t see certain photos or information about you. You can share whatever you like, and only people you want to see you profile can do so. This ensures that the security barriers are easier to overcome.

3. A great referral system to ensure rewards are transferred securely between each parties. Telling somebody about a job and referring them ensures you get a reward, which is a great incentive. Referrals are more likely to occur within BeKnown as the 750 million Facebook users can access it, therefore share more opportunities.

4. You can import information from LinkedIn and other networks, to ensure you profile is professional and clear to what you are looking for and what is available.

These are the key features of BeKnown. It looks like an exciting career networking tool. With 750 million users on Facebook, the audience is enormous to search for jobs and opportunities. I feel BeKnown will start off slowly as users are already used to professional networks such as LinkedIn. However, I feel with more interaction with Facebook, I think BeKnown will begin to be very successful for job seekers and recruiters. The user interface will be instantly recognisable because it is built right into Facebook.

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Google+ : What’s it all about?

Google unveil new Social Network

Google have unveiled their new social network called ‘Google+’, to begin a battle with Facebook. Google aim to compete with the most used social network, Facebook, by introducing a new way to share and communicate with your friends.

What is it?

There are 6 key features to Google+

1. The “+1” Button

The ‘+1’ feature is similar to the ‘Like’ button on Facebook. Whenever you see a post, web result, photo or video, you click the ‘+1’ button to share it with your friends. When you click on the ‘+1’ button, Google describes it as ‘this is pretty cool’, or ‘you should check this out’. This feature will be available on many more websites at launch, so you click the ‘+1’ button on the website you are using.

2. Circles

Circles is creating groups of people you want to share certain things with. You can create ‘Circles’ and share things with certain groups of friends only. It is Google’s way of creating groups of people you know.

3. Sparks

Sparks is a feature which is best described as setting an alert for keywords that you search for or are interested in. Google+ sends you alerts with media related to your interests. You can then share these with your friends.

4. Hangouts

Hangouts is Google’s way of creating video-calling with your friends. Face-to-face calling with your friends enables you to see many of your friends at the same time. You can make formal video conferences or just a social group video chat.

5. Instant Upload

Using your mobile, you can instantly upload pictures to your Google+ profile to share with your friends. Even whilst recording a video, you can take pictures to share.

6. Huddle

Huddle is a feature otherwise known as group chat. You can chat with a Circle of your friends all at the same time. This has currently been shown as a mobile feature, but could be available through the Google+ website at launch.

When will it be available?

No official date has been announced on the release of Google+, but expect it to be out in the near future. It is currently being tested by a select few.

Will it succeed?

I feel that Google+ will not be as successful as Facebook, but I think it be a very good way to network with other Google+ users. The Circles feature will be a key feature in Google+ succeeding. In my opinion, creating a group of people that you can interact with, will be the linchpin into how people will use Google+. Also the “+1” feature of showing that you liked a certain post, picture or video, will be used widely across the web in direct competition to Facebook’s ‘Like’ button. Overall, I feel Google+ will take time to be used by many users, but in time I think it will be a success.

Below is The Google+ Project video introducing some of the key features:

Find out more about Google+ by clicking on the link below:

The Google+ Project

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