So you want to voice or video chat on Facebook? Did you ever know you could voice and video chat with your friends on Facebook? No? Neither did I. I thought Facebook is not built for this purpose. Bravo! You now don't need Skype, WeChat or Yahoo or other messenger when you can do voice and video chat right from your Facebook window. Here I describe the easy few steps to video or voice chat on Facebook:

1. Click Chat on right bottom side of your Facebook window to open the chat window, if not already open.

2. Click on the name of your friend with whom you want to voice and video chat.

Note: Your friend must be currently online. This is a computer-to-computer communication so he/she must be online and his Facebook should be open.

3. When the chat window opens, see there are three tiny icons on top-right side of the chat window - cross, circle and a tiny camera icon.  Click on the camera icon.

4. Facebook will attempt to download a small file on your computer. When you see it, save it on your computer.  Once it's downloaded, click on the file to install it on the computer.

Note: Once the installation is finished, your Facebook page might refresh.

5. Now in your friend chat window, click on the same tiny camera icon again and voice/video chat with your friend will start.

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That easy! Here is how to start voice and video chat with your Facebook friends. Nowadays almost everyone uses Facebook. Most of your friends are online at most times. To voice/video chat with them you can do so on Facebook. Why use Skype or other software to do this when you can do all - chat, voice/video chat and your social networking - all from one window of Facebook!!!

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Facebook is the most used social networking website in the world. It has many benefits but there are many disadvantages of Facebook too. Top disadvantages of Facebook include:

1) Account Intrusion

It is no surprise that Facebook is vulnerable to attacks, and several hackers actively alter people's profile information, on daily basis. There are hundreds of examples of this. Many Facebook and ex-Facebook users can tell you that they noticed change in their profile information while they were not logged in.

Also, lots of pictures are uploaded on Facebook every day. Yes, Facebook does check every upload for viruses but remember Facebook or any other website can't check for all kind of viruses, particularly those which are recently released. On opening those virus-attached pics, you create danger to your data and your computer.

2) Scams

Many hackers have similar websites to Facebook. They continuously send emails to people asking to log in to their account to check new photos of their friends, or similar message. When the user opens the website, it looks 100% Facebook, then he enters his user id and password, not knowing that his account details is being stolen by a hacker.

3) Waste Of Life

One of the biggest Facebook disadvantages is that it addictive or can become addictive easily.  Once you get connected with your Facebook friends you will realize how frequently you open Facebook and also spend so much time in commenting, viewing other's pictures, playing games or doing other stuff. Many people know drawbacks of Facebook but can't stop using it.

Many people use Facebook day and night without thinking how much time they have wasted on it, and that they could have done more important work during that time

4) Ruining of the Professional Life

If you are applying for a new job, you know your chances of getting that job may be so much reduced because of your social networking website profile page? Often employs search for applicant's social networking website's profile page to know more about you.  Maybe you have put some humorous pics in your profile or maybe you have entered wrong information (maybe just for fun) in your profile.  Your employer will be shocked to see all that and you will not be given the job offer.

5) Can't Keep Things Personal

You obviously do not want your personal information exposed to every friend of yours or even to public. On Facebook your personal life updates come to the notice of all your friends and others, and so your privacy is compromised.

These were the disadvantages of using Facebook. So what are you thinking now, will you still use Facebook?

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Who in the world doesn't use Facebook. Everyone! Young to adult, everyone spends minimum 1 hour a day on Facebook. It is a great social networking website but if it included some other features such as mentioned below, its experience would have been even better:

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1. We should be able to send a gift item to all friends, it is limited to some friends at the moment.

2. To be able to check the friend requests we have sent, the ones which have been accepted and those which are rejected.

3. Some sound notification when a message arrives and you are on a window other than Facebook.

4. Facebook chat should have a better interface and, include some (not all) features of an IM client like Yahoo messenger or Live messenger.

5. To be able to customize our profile, like adding background color, special effects, music, etc.

6. Effective and more user friendly customer support. Facebook should have a proper customer service department.

7. Being able to disable a group which you are the administrator of.


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Advantages of Facebook

Facebook offers many advantages to its users. Its benefits are for young and adult alike. At Facebook, one can do huge number of things like chatting, posting media and comments, do business, sell things, join a group of interest to interact with people and many more things like that.  I explained earlier the top disadvantages of Facebook here and top dangers of Facebook here. Now let us read on and find out the top advantages of using Facebook.

1. Information Sharing

Facebook allows us to share content with friends and family, colleagues and others what you desire to share like your photos, your opinion, your videos, concern, question, etc. You can also ask public opinion, create a poll. You can control which of your information you want to share with others. You can also choose who you want to follow to see his information that he/she shares. Hence, there is a lot of data that you can view of your interest on daily basis.

2. Chatting (Text, Audio & Video)

Another advantage of Facebook is that you can use it to chat with your friends, too. Facebook provides a simple, small chatting application that you can use to chat with your friends who you are friends on Facebook. You can video talk with them ans drop them an audio message. Not just that, you can come live on Facebook and be visible to all your Facebook friends or people in the group that you have joined. Many people including students and businesses use Facebook for group discussions, or short meetings as well.

3. Mobile Facebook

Whatever you can do at Facebook, you can also do that from your Facebook app on your mobile phone. So, you can update status, comment and do many things even from your cell phone while at home, office or while on the road.

4. Find School, College Friendship or Colleague

Today almost every internet user uses Facebook. Using Facebook you can find your old friends and colleagues whom you have lost contact and connect with them online again. Many many people, with Facebook search or by viewing list of people on Facebook, have found their old school fellow, and friends. Facebook's friend finder feature allows you to find your friends with their names or email addresses. 

Addition to the Friend Finder feature, Facebook also regularly shows you at side of your Facebook profile list of people who you may know. Facebook users have also found several of their acquaintances through this.  So it's really amazing. People who you think you can never find or meet again, you surprisingly find them on Facebook and re-connect! 

5. Business Promotion

Through Facebook Ads, you can advertise your business. Facebook offers a very customizable ads placement service, which is also very easy to use and cost effective. Facebook Ads allows you to target people of specific age, geographic location, interests, etc, making your ads most useful and effective.

6. Entertainment

One of the main Facebook advantages is that it provides tons of gaming and other entertaining applications. Some people open Facebook only to play games. Besides games, there are tons of Facebook apps that you can use and enjoy. Furthermore, there are hundreds of Facebook pages where you will find funny videos and pictures to enjoy at a daily basis. Apps on Facebook are of variety of type such as photo editing, horoscope, puzzles, stock analysis etc.

7. Boredom Killer

Facebook proves itself to be a boredom killer, especially for students during vacations and even elderly people who are retired from their job. You may like to read what to do at Facebook when in a bad mood. Be aware, that Facebook is addicted, and people easily get addicted to it. Read about Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) to know more about Facebook addiction.

So, What are the Advantages of Facebook -  in Final Words

As we have learnt above, Facebook is a one-stop shop for entertainment, communication, business and information sharing with others. It's a place where you can chat with others, share your ideas, ask questions, comment on people's status, add your status, make friends, market your business, advertise and much more. You will not find any one-stop shop of this kind on the internet.

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