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Facebook Tests Video Call Button in Profiles
June 19, 2012 | William Zimmerman
The New Facebook Call Button as it Would Appear on a Facebook Timeline
By TJD, GMA News
If Google+ has its Hangouts, Facebook may want its members to engage in video chat, as it tests a "Call" button on top of people's Timeline profiles, a tech site said.
TechCrunch reported this was a year after Facebook offered video chat after partnerying with videoconferencing service Skype.
"If a friend is online on the desktop version of Facebook, those in the test see a 'Call' button next to that friends name on their profile, while previously a tiny videocamera icon in the text chat window was basically the only way to start a video chat," it said.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook may have realized it had to highlight the feature.
It said Facebook actually had a Call button on the old version of the profile, but it got buried in a gear settings drop-down menu.
But now, it said the feature will be much easier to find.
Otherwise, TechCrunch said people may tend to associate video chats with Google+'s Hangouts - or even former Facebook president Sean Parker's new Airtime.
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