Facebook announced this week their partnership with skype for video calling within Facebook. You may not be excited about the wait for the application to hit your account. You can use the new skype and facebook integrated video calling right now. Here is the link. Video below.

From Techcrunch:

“It’s a feature that’s been rumored for quite a while, and it’s one that Facebook is putting a lot of weight behind. Now, whenever you browse to a friend’s profile, you’ll see a new button nestled between the ‘Message’ and ‘Poke’ buttons that says ‘Call’. Click that, the other user will see a popup asking if they want to accept a call, and you’ll be immediately connected (you’ll need to install a small plugin the first time you use the service).

You’ll also see video calling integrated into Facebook’s Chat product. Really, you can’t miss it — Facebook is launching a new chat sidebar today that by default it takes the entire right side of the screen, and the first time you click on any user you’ll see a prompt asking if you’d like to make your first video call. If you try to initiate a video call and the other user doesn’t respond, you’ll be prompted to send them a video message.”

Excerpt of Notes written by Facebook developer Phillip Su…

“I focused on overcoming a few key technical hurdles to make the following possible:

  1. Most users should complete the installation in under three clicks and 30 seconds.
  2. You only need your Facebook account; no additional logins are required and you’re already connected with your friends.
  3. You can call friends quickly and it’s built right into chat, so all your conversations start from the same place.”
Again here is the landing page to start video calling today if it is not empowered on your account just yet…

A summary  of the Facebook rollout of skype and facebook integration.

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