CNET News Video: Facebook reveals 'Chat Heads' messaging
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CNET News Video: Facebook reveals 'Chat Heads' messaging

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announces a new messaging system called "Chat Heads" which allows users to connect with their friends through profile pictures that bubble up on the screen.

-Phones are communication devices and we spend all day long messaging. But in today's app-centric world, messaging is treated like just another app. So that means that all day long when you're messaging, you're constantly switching back and forth between apps and that can be annoying. And we think that it should be better. You know, we all wanna talk to people, not apps. So we came up with this idea that we call Chat Heads, and yet, it is really simple. So let's say a friend messages you. In this case, it's gonna be Shrek. He'll pop up and it's going well. And you can just tap on this space and bring up the-- his conversation, and without losing any context of what you're doing on any app behind. And this one-- this can stay there and any app that you're in. So let's say you're playing a game then-- and you wanna tell your friend about it. Now, that's easy. If you're looking at a photo and you wanna reach out to someone immediately, now you can do that, no problem. Chat Heads give you this immediate personal connection to the people you care about. So now, let's say another message come in. This time, it's gonna be from Cheryl. Now, you get two and you can easily switch between them. You can close them and they collapse into this nice little pile on the side of the screens. They're not taking up much room. You can move them around to find the right place where you want them to be. That's a lot of fun. And then the most fun of all, when you're done with them, you just throw them away at the bottom. Bam. All right. Now, Chat Heads work with both your Facebook messages and your SMSs on your Android phone. So we think that Chat Heads are these great personal way to do messaging.

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