Add Video Chat to your Facebook Page

August 16, 2007

TokBox logoWanna add video chat to your Facebook page? Now you can, with TokBox!

Facebook is now the rage among many of my friends (both hearing and deaf). One very neat feature of Facebook that puts it heads and shoulders over other similar networking websites is the ability to add widgets and features to your Facebook pages. That is, you can pick from literally hundreds or perhaps even thousands of different nifty widgets / features made by other websites specifically for Facebook.

TokBox is a great example of a widget that adds even more functionality to your Facebook profile. With TokBox’s widget, you can chat with others via video directly from your (or your friend’s) Facebook profile, or pop the video into its own window so that you can browse to other pages without losing the conversation. If your friend isn’t available to video-chat, you can leave video mail or voice mail.

You can also use TokBox by itself, again through the browser.  No download needed.

I haven’t tried this out. If you do, let us know what you think. I’m particularly interested in whether the video is good enough to really chat with each other in sign language — or if the frame-per-second (fps) is so slow that all you can do is wave slowly at each other.

(Thanks, TechCrunch!)


5 Responses to “Add Video Chat to your Facebook Page”

  1. Alison Says:

    I added this to my Facebook page yesterday, but seem to just get the code for the embedded script? This might have something to do with the fact I’ve not used it yet … waiting for someone to play with me(!)

  2. proudgeek Says:

    Hi Alison! I think you gotta sign up for Tokbox (duh!), and then you gotta embed the script (yes, that’s all) onto an area of your Facebook profile. I can give it a try using a friend’s Facebook page and let you know how that goes.

  3. Alison Says:

    I signed up for Tokbox first, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to access the embed code at all (to add to the application).

    Basically need someone to play ball with me, will try and get someone to do so as a stand alone thing, forget FB. All my hardcore Geek mates protest against Facebook on principle (don’t agree with its locked in, forget API etc).

    Let me know how your friend’s FB page goes.

  4. […] while ago, I talked about a way for you to video-chat via your (and your friend’s) Facebook profile via TokBox. And this […]

  5. fnkmedia Says:

    Fnkmedia has a tool like this too.
    Zeus Audio Video Chat for FaceBook , Blogger, FriendSter , Hi5 Accounts. Check it out

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