Depending on who you ask, that's a good or a bad thing, but some of you clearly thought Facebook Video Chat offered smooth video, crisp audio, and of course, access to all of your Facebook friends.
These days you don't even need to install an app or download a heavy client—many services let you open a browser and within seconds see your friend's face, no matter where they are in the world.
This week we're going to look at five services that give you the best, fastest, and most hassle-free video chatting experience.
Earlier this week we asked you which web-based video chat services—that is, services that operate in a browser and don't force you to download a client to operate—were the best.
Inviting other people to hang out is as easy as emailing them, and if they have Google accounts as well, it's even easier.
Add onto that the fact that Google Hangouts lets you share your desktop, has built-in drawing, collaboration, and other tools and apps, supports screen sharing, and wants to be a unified video, photo, and chat interface, and it's your favorite online meeting service, and you have a pretty powerhouse tool. Facebook Video Chat launched in 2011 as a simple and easy way to stay in touch with the friends you already have on a social network you already use.
It too requires a tiny browser plugin to work, and while it doesn't offer the battery of tools that some of the other services roll in, it does offer a massive built-in friends list that you don't have to re-add or invite to a service in order to video chat with you.Since it's powered on the back end by Skype, Facebook didn't have to reinvent the wheel.We tallied up your nominations, and here are your top five: Google Hangouts almost doesn't need a description.When it was introduced back in 2011, we praised it as one of the most seamless, easy to use video chat services we'd ever seen.That's still true: If you have a Google account, you can use Hangouts, and while it was initially only a part of Google+ (and remains an integratl part of it), Hangouts is available as a stand-alone Android app and i OS app and accessible from inside Gmail.You'll need a browser plugin for Hangouts to work, but that's it—no desktop installation, no client you have to run at startup, and no additional accounts.