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Chapter 22. Webcams > Webcam Video Chat

Webcam Video Chat

Online video chatrooms are similar to text chatrooms, as described in Chapter 7. People collect in a virtual “room” to exchange small talk and debate about hobbies, and current events or, more often, look for love. Now there are places to meet for people with webcams. Yahoo!, for one, has separate rooms for this kind of connection. You also might find groups of people communicating over webcams in regular chatrooms.

It's technically called a multiparty video or multiperson video. Sites vary in the features offered. Some have multiparty video only, and others offer video, voice, text chat, and messaging, along with multiple simultaneous connections, call screening, and private meeting rooms. Security features may include things such as SSL encryption, password protection, unique user names, and scrambled images (to block users from viewing you).


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