How Do The Main Players In Video Chat Compare? [Infographic]

Video chat has been big for a while now, but with the launch of Google Plus’ Hangout and Facebook’s Skype integration, the buzz around the "Alive Web" is bigger than ever. A new infographic from Column Five Media and Rounds compares the top players in the video chat game.

Video chat has been big for a while now, but with the launch of Google Plus’ Hangout and Facebook’s Skype integration, the buzz around the “Alive Web” is bigger than ever.  A new infographic from Column Five Media and Rounds compares the top players in the video chat game.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘The Alive Web’, it was coined by Om Malik of GigaOM earlier this year.  The term refers to the fact that these days the web is coming alive, with addictive and fun social apps and sites that let you experience the online world in a setting that is “like being in a club—part of an ever-changing visage, a canvas painted in real time.”  Malik said, “The immersive web is one that’s alive.”

‘The Alive Web: The New Era of Social Communication & Entertainment’ explores the Alive Web from the video chat side of things, stacking up Facebook Chat, Google Hangout, Tinychat and Rounds and comparing them in terms of user base, features, overall enjoyment and more.  Check out the infographic below to see how the main players in video chat stack up against one another and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Which of these services have you used and how do they compare, in your opinion?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.