Wow!!! Facebook Voice Chat Is Coming Soon (via @mashable)

via Mashable! by Ben Parr on 9/15/09

We???ve been aware for some time that Facebook is working on video chat within Facebook. While it may be a while until you can video chat with your friends like you can in Google Chat, audio is only a few weeks away.

The new feature won???t be powered by Facebook, though. According to CNet, it will instead rely on Vivox, a company that has built voice chat for video games and virtual worlds, including Second Life.

The new feature will require a plug-in, but once it???s installed, Facebook Voice Chat will be available in not only the Vivox app, but in any third-party app that wants the technology.

While it???s unclear how involved Facebook is on the new feature, it???s likely Facebook will have a hand in its implementation or gave Vivox the thumbs-up for its deep site-wide voice integration. The chat feature not only allows for one-on-one conversation, but large groups as well.

Yes, it???s annoying to install a plugin, but even Google Chat requires a plug-in to be installed to use its video chat feature. Facebook could very well begin to push voice to its users, but we think it???s more likely that they???ll wait until Facebook Video Chat is complete.

Are you a fan of Facebook Voice Chat? Will you install the plug-in? Or does it degrade the Facebook experience? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments.



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