Video Chat on Facebook with New Bibbil App

Video Chat on Facebook with New Bibbil App

I have to admit, it's not the most intuitive name, bibbil. It sounds like a Hobbit that might be related to Bilbo in fact and that doesn't inspire thoughts of gamified video chat in my mind, but hey, what's in a name, right? Anyway, Bibbil (actually no relation to Bilbo) is all about gamified video chat on Facebook, so that sounded pretty cool and I went to check it out.

Bibbil really is quite simple, actually. It uses a Shockwave Flash player that loads up right in the browser window while on Facebook. Of course, you've got to keep that page open because that's where the player is anchored but you can also open pages in the background and multitask like I tend to do at times, even when video chatting.

The video platform is from Botox, er I mean TokBox (still sounds strange) and it seems that Bibbil is really just a merging of the Facebook and TokBox APIs it seems as they [TokBox] offer the OpenTok API and it can even run in AIR for mobile so theoretically you could have an AIR client running on the PC as well I suppose so that you weren't locked into the browser for the chat.

The other thing that Bibbil is adding to the experience, aside from the ease of just popping onto a video chat with friends on Facebook, is the accrual of Bibbills (a virtual currency) that will allow you to, over time, unlock more advanced features like group video chat, party video chat, live broadcasting, and more. I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between group and party video chat honestly. Maybe one is private while the other is public?

The live broadcasting feature could be nice. It might be another way to instantly get some live streaming video connected to your Facebook and Twitter channels aside from the long list of other apps

Since I have plenty of friends outside of the US now, I got one to do a quick demo with me. I was on wired LAN and she was on Wi-Fi over in Central Europe. So spanning seven time zones the video was blocky and pixelated, and the sound wasn't all that great. But like I said, she was on Wi-Fi and I didn't have someone available to test on another wired LAN so quality, I suspect, varies by connection, etc.

Overall, the app looks to have some potential, though their attempt at gamification doesn't really seem to be all that integrated, almost like an after thought, like they said, "How will we get people to use this? Let's throw useless virtual currency at them and hold back features." Also, I don't quite see how they will monetize unless they use the Facebook Credits. But if those become invalid because of a new potential lawsuit against them (because they are blocking out competition), then it might turn to cold hard cash and then it will spiral down into pay-to-use or sesison-based payments.

I think I'll just stick with Skype for the time being. Sure, it doesn't get me live broadcasting, but right now, neither does Bibbil. However, there could be some really great potential here and I'm curious to learn more about the live broadcasting and other planned features.

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Christophor Rick is a freelance writer specializing in technology, new media, video games, IPTV, online video advertising and consumer electronics. His past work has included press releases, copy-writing, travel writing and journalism. He also writes novel-length and short fiction as part of Three-Faced Media . View All Posts By -

What do you think? ▼
  • Elizabeth

    Wonder if this is a rushed-through attempt to respond to the impending Google+ Hangout group video feature, which seems like the most enticing (or at least, unique) reason for people to shift their online social activity from FB over to Google...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002041800167 Manab Ghosh

    hi

  • Rutvik Vishnuswami

    hello

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001498595440 Aileen Bagas

    hello need 2 try video chat on facebook, i like it....

  • Ivy Maglaqui

    video chat on facebook..:)).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000327397443 RyAnn Calderon Lontoc

    jUst wAnt tO tRy thIs......

  • Ernie Valerio

    how to use this.

  • Veena Bulaclac Alcantara

    I like video chat on facebook.....

  • Wilson Pagco

    yeah nice like it..

  • Melanie Cera Vergara

    how to use this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376243180 Jenine Dumlao

    how to use video chat on fb.
    can u pls teach me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001263781041 Rowel Gutierrez

    how to use video chat on fb.

  • Basit Ibrahim

    ok

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002611371611 Rahul Kashyap

    htrygds

  • Ekka Mclean

    Sumone pls teach me how to use dis stuffs.. Anyone? :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001407560645 Gil Supan

    I like viedeo chat.how to download..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002896509680 Theodore Rogers

    I luv video chat with facebook, they r cool.

  • Amjad Ali

    hello