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Two social media giants partner up

COLUMBUS, GA - Facebook is stepping up its game to give its 750 million users something new. Today, the site's founder, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new video chat feature powered by Skype.

At work, at home, and on the go, you can keep up with your friends on Facebook pretty much everywhere, but a new announcement by Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday took the constant connection to an even higher level by adding a video chatting option powered by Skype.

"It's not a case like with traditional Skype where both people have to have downloaded Skype beforehand so we think this is awesome because it's the best technology that's out there for doing video chat, with the best social infrastructure to create some really cool new scenarios," said Zuckerberg. 

In the next few weeks, Facebook said all their users will find a call button at the top of their profile pages letting them talk to each other one-on-one using a webcam.  Facebook said it will take a few weeks for everyone to have the new feature, but if you cannot wait, they said you can do a free Facebook update download and then get your friends on-board.

"Even if he hasn't installed the plug-in to do video chat yet, I can just go and click call him and something will pop up on his screen saying Mark is calling him and in real time he can just go and click that he wants to download the plug-in, it takes 10-20 seconds.  We're video chatting," said Zuckerberg.

The announcement comes right after Google's launch of their own social networking site just last week.  Some tech experts like Katie Linendoll say they are not surprised.

"The rumors on this have been circulating for about a year, but the Skype and Facebook partnership, the announcement was made with perfect timing, especially off of the heat of Google Plus," said Linendoll.

Google Plus also has the capability for video chats. With Facebook claiming hundreds of millions of users, they may not have much to worry about as far as rivalries go but seem to be covering all their bases.

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