Talk face-to-face with your friends with video chat in orkut

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 1:53 PM

Orkut is all about bringing real friends together no matter where they may be. Now that we've made it possible for all of you to chat with your friends inside orkut, we figured it was time to make the chat experience even richer. That's why we're so pleased to announce the launch of orkut video chat– a great new way for you and your friends to keep in touch face-to-face directly from your orkut homepage.

Have a webcam connected to your computer? Just take a few seconds to download a small plugin, install it, and you'll be all set to go.

Once you're signed in to orkut, you can tell which of your friends are also ready to video chat by the small green camera icons next to their names in your chat list.

When you find a friend you want to chat with, open a chat window and click on the "Start video chat" link in the "Actions" menu. If you want to get a better view of your friend, you can pop out your chat window and increase the size all the way up to full-screen.

Video chat makes it easy to keep in touch with everyone you know by letting you chat with friends signed in via Gmail and iGoogle, even if they're not orkut users. We hope this new feature helps you stay connected to the people you care about and makes orkut an even more fun place to hang out. If you've got feedback about video chat you'd like to share, we'd like to hear it– so just head to the orkut help forum and let us know!

Posted by Robin Schriebman and David Wu, software engineers