Facebook & Google now offer live chat

Facebook & Google now offer live chat


By John D. Sutter

Two social networks — Facebook and the new Google+ — began offering live video chat features recently. We compare the vastly different approaches these companies take — and talk about whether anyone even wants to video chat on Facebook anyway.

Also in this week’s podcast, the Tech gang analyzes Barack Obama’s first-ever “Twitter Town Hall,” in which the president took questions not from a galley of reporters but from you — the people of the Internet. We peek inside Twitter’s process for choosing which questions to ask the president.

Our reader Comments of the Week come from a story on the “Dora Generation” — i.e., kids under the age of 13 — taking over Facebook. Some of you aren’t super pleased to see these kiddies infiltrating that social network.

And, finally, our Tech Fail of the Week is brought to you by none other than Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, whose awkward press conference on Wednesday — in which he showed off “log-normalized” graphs and stumbled on filler words — briefly was the mockery of the, um, Internet. Um.

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