Video Chat

Technology for conducting audio and video interaction in real time between users at disparate locations. Video chats are typically conducted via a computer, tablet or smartphone device (also called videophone chatting), and may involve point-to-point (or one-to-one) interaction, as in the case of FaceTime and Skype, or multipoint (or one-to-many) interaction, as in the typical case of Google Hangouts.

Related definitions: Videoconferencing, Video conferencing software, FaceTime

While video chatting is often used interchangeably with the term videoconferencing — and there is considerable overlap between the two — in most cases videoconferencing refers to multipoint (3 or more participants) audio and video interaction deployed in a business setting, whereas video chatting most frequently refers to one-to-one video calls made via software apps like Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Video Chat and ooVoo.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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