By Carolyn Abram Video Chat is a fairly new addition to Facebook, which is why you might or might not see the video camera icon at the top of each Chat window.
Facebook’s Video Chat is actually powered by Skype, an Internet telephone service.
Adding video chat to Messenger's features was pretty much a no-brainer, explained Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook Messenger's Head of Product.
, who referenced the transition from traditional, voice-only calls to text-based messaging.
To start a video chat using Facebook Video Chat, just open a conversation window with a contact and click on the webcam icon.
A message will be sent to the recipient asking them to initiate a webchat.
Facebook Video Chat is a third party plugin for Facebook that allows you to video and audio chat via Facebook.
Video and audio chatting are now possible in Facebook thanks to Skype integration and Facebook Video Chat simply offers an alternative way of doing it.Finally, the smiley icon simply sends a smiley to the recipient - not exactly sophisticated.Facebook Video Chat isn't really necessary now that Skype is integrated with Facebook but if you're really having troubles with Facebook's integrated video and audio chat, it may be worth a try.Facebook offers video chat because they know that nothing is better than a face-to-face conversation.If you see the video icon, you can initiate Video Chat with your friends: If you’ve already set up video calling, this begins the call.A pop-up window appears, letting you know that Facebook is calling your friend.