Now that Facebook has announced Skype-powered video chat, people are psyched. Now you can see the friends you’ve been text-chatting with on the social networking site. Exciting? Scary?
We’re already craving rules of etiquette for Facebook video chat. So, we’ve taken the liberty of offering some suggestions on how to politely use this brand new set of features — whether you’re chatting in a group or one on one.
- If someone isn’t interested in video chatting, lay off! Don’t barrage people with video chat invites. Learn to take “no” for an answer and move on.
- Try to be camera-ready and don’t look as if you’ve been bobbing for fries. No one wants to sit and chat with someone who gives them the heebie jeebies.
- Don’t expect to Skype at all hours. Be considerate when requesting a video chat — not everyone lives by your clock. Some people have families and jobs to tend to. Don’t forget those time differences as well.
- Don’t be a time hogger. It’s nice to speak face-to-face with folks you care about, but no one wants to feel manacled to their computer for hours.
- Keep your clothes on unless the other party asks you to take them off! And don’t disrobe if you don’t want to!
Readers, what do you think of these suggestions? What other points of etiquette do you recommend for video chat on Facebook?