You know what I mean, right? This was a technology that was supposed to revolutionize the world. Remember when people first video chatted on old TV shows like Star Trek and it seemed so cool. Now that we have it today its still not huge deal. There is skype and a few other popular apps like oovoo, tiny chat and google+ hangouts but then that’s it. Skype although pretty widely used now is still an alternative to actually calling and im chatting and is not used by the majority of internet users still they have not yet transitioned to video calling.
So the question begs to answer. Why is video chat still not big ? I read an article about someone who said the probably problem with video calling is the effort in it. When you are video calling, you check to look good, adjust your environment and more. Also in places where silence is demanded you can’t video chat with friends because you won’t want to make noise. Also some people find it distracting to be talking to someone and also have to actually pay attention to them.
I do agree with some of these cons put forward. It is true that video chatting won’t be good for everyone as compared to actual typing. However video chatting makes conversations feel real due to being able to actually talk and see the person. It gives more pleasure. So then its time we put forward what video chatting brings to the table. Video calling is much more interactive and more fun than normal typing. With im chatting, you get information passed along but with video chatting you don’t only get information passed across but emotions as well. It gives a great pleasure in communicating. Also its better for sharing because you don’t only share but share and comment about it in real time which makes sharing better and more interactive.
Due to the major players of video chat, there is a very important thing that we are also overlooking with video chatting. Its free! To video call your friend on skype you don’t pay a dime. On google+ hangouts you can talk with a crowd and watch videos in real time.
With Reflap, you can form a whole video chat community or network and either video call them or start video kickbacks. So almost about everywhere, video calling is free. This normally should be a huge threat to mobile carrier dollars. What would be the need to pay a lot, for mobile carrier plans when you can video call and chat with all your friends from video chat apps. Actually not only can you talk to them you can actually see them if you want. That in itself should be the a huge threat and a huge ball in video chat’s hand.
Its understandable that with its slow transition to mobile the following is rising slowly but with more and more video chat apps appearing on app markets, the bandwagon of video chat should leap hugely. It will allow you to talk and video call on the move as opposed to video chatting from your computer and hence give a greater chance to video chatting.
Actually to conclude it, I personally do not just see video chat as something that should be adopted by many more people to make it more mainstream. I think its roots could go much more further. It has the possibility to shake the grounds of Facebook and current social networks. It can do most of what current social networks do in a faster way and in a more interactive manner. Sharing with a video chat network will be faster and allow you to actually talk about them in real time like it would be done in a bar let’s say. Instead of im chatting you would actually talk or video chat. Want to plan an event, you can just do a live event on video chat like on google+. One camera performs while the rest watch and chat with the other viewers about the event they are watching. Imagine watching the Superbowl on a video chat conference with your friends. That seems like real fun.
So that’s why to me even if video chat is still not mainstream, its just a matter of time before it becomes the bandwagon which everyone will be one. Not only is it more fun it has such a huger plethora of tools which it can be used to change they way we network on the internet.
I do agree that with every breakthrough, there is an adaptation period for people to adapt to a new technology. Just like texting or im chatting. So with that, it won’t be too long before video chat will have to go mainstream.