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Voice Chat Coming To Facebook

As if web surfers didn't spend enough time on social websites as it is, apparently now there's more reason to kill time on Facebook, as Vivox--which provides voice chat for Second Life and EVE Online-- is bringing its online voice chat technology to America's popular social destination. The service voice chat service won't be offered as an official application from Facebook itself, and isn't expected to go public until sometime in Q4 2009.

According to the company, Facebook users will need to download Vivox'a plug-in. Once installed, the software will enable Facebook users to have high-fidelity conversations with anyone on their friends list. Facebook users can chat with friends one-on-one or have virtual online class reunions. "Vivox Web Voice for Facebook is designed to provide a simple way to get a group talking," the company said. "In addition to the core app, Vivox is working with developers to integrate custom voice capabilities into their applications."

In addition to the Facebook plug-in, Vivox is also working on Pluggable.com, a website for World of Warcraft players creating pick-up groups (PUGs) with voice chat, character data, and boss tactics. According to the company, the website will assemble both character and instant data from the game so that "players can easily build a complementary team." Vivox said that once the PUG is set, players can use the company's browser plug-in to chat with each other.

Many have praised the new voice chat system for Facebook. "It is about time," said social media expert Chris Pirillo. "I guarantee you this is going to bite into Skype. When these tools come about, it becomes less valuable (to have too many friends) and actually promotes a cleaner ecosystem." He believes that the chat system may actually streamline Facebook friends lists.

  • jellico
    This should be a nice addition to Facebook, and LONG overdue for World of Warcraft (players have long since depended upon Ventrillo for communications as the in-game voice for WoW totally sucks).
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  • I love Ventrillo. I've never used it myself, but youtube: Ventrillo Harassments and you'll see what I mean. "Peggy Forever!!!" XD
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  • charlesxuma
    i guess the 2 Australian girls wouldv been able to talk to their friends about how they were trapped in the sewers ... Thank god for that ! ...

    well the next generation of idiots can...
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  • virtualban
    Some of the friends are on different sides of the world, but not all, and people don't seem to take the time to move a** and meet them in person. Well, they should.
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  • matt87_50
    oh god, this would mean that people would have to have actual contact with their so called "friends"
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  • starryman
    Stupid. If you are going to do voice chat, you might as well do video chat. Nothing new. Facebook is simply a stripped down version of AOL from 1995.
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  • I think facebook's messaging service sucks pretty much...
    It regularly does not send messages, making you to have to type them again...
    If their speech and video service is the same, then I don't think I'll need it!
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  • Andraxxus
    @charlesxuma: I was thinking the same thing. :lol:
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  • Rust In Peace
    Urgh for the love of God! Facebook keep adding in all these additional features which are already available elsewhere. Just look at their "IM" client; doesn't even come close to MSN and the likes. It's not even as usable as gmail chat! Why on earth would you want to do voice chat through Facebook when Skype is around? Skype is a well defined framework that can also connect to regular telephones!

    They haven't even got their Facebook "Applications" sorted. I have yet to see any that bring any interesting functionality. It's mostly spam quizzes and poor versions of games. I had hoped for Firefox add-on quality applications.

    I can appreciate they are attempting to become a one-stop-shop for social networking but they need their services to either:
    1) Be better than existing services so that users switch to using Facebook's service instead.
    2) Integrate their services with other services (i.e. their chat client will connect to other IM services)
    3) Piggyback on existing services!
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  • jaragon13
    Rust In PeaceUrgh for the love of God! Facebook keep adding in all these additional features which are already available elsewhere. Just look at their "IM" client; doesn't even come close to MSN and the likes. It's not even as usable as gmail chat! Why on earth would you want to do voice chat through Facebook when Skype is around? Skype is a well defined framework that can also connect to regular telephones!They haven't even got their Facebook "Applications" sorted. I have yet to see any that bring any interesting functionality. It's mostly spam quizzes and poor versions of games. I had hoped for Firefox add-on quality applications.I can appreciate they are attempting to become a one-stop-shop for social networking but they need their services to either:1) Be better than existing services so that users switch to using Facebook's service instead.2) Integrate their services with other services (i.e. their chat client will connect to other IM services)3) Piggyback on existing services!Because most jerkoffs don't play around on skype.
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