Video email and video wall posts via Facebook
October 2, 2007
A little-heralded feature of Facebook is the ability to send / receive video emails and wall posts. Very, very easy to create a video email inside Facebook and send it to your friends (or enemies), and watch their video responses as well. And these video emails show up as a thread in each email exchange — making it easy to scroll down a series of video emails or even play several at the same time. You can record video up to an unbelievable FIFTEEN minutes — that’s an eternity!
It goes without saying that you’ll have to have a webcam hooked up already to your computer or laptop.
To send a video email, just follow these steps (and don’t forget to click on “Send”!):
- Within Facebook, click on “Inbox” and then “Compose Message” (or, if already viewing a message, just scroll down to the “Reply” box)
- Click on “Record Video” just below the message / reply box.
- If prompted, give permission for the website to turn on your webcam.
- A “Record video” box will appear. When you’re ready to be recorded, click on the red circle.
- Record your video message! When done, click on the blue square.
- You now have a choice of previewing your video, cancelling, or attaching your video. If you’re satisfied, click on “Attach”
- Now, this is the step many people may overlook! You’re brought back to the message compose window. You’ll have the option of typing something or not, and then CLICK ON “SEND” to send the video email.
- The video email will then be sent! If enough video emails are sent and received to/from the same recipient, then they will be threaded — a very nice feature.
Doing this for wall posts or Fun Wall posts is very similar — just click on “Record Video”, attach it, and then post / send it.
When viewing videos, all you need to do is to click on the blue arrow on the video window, and it will play right there. If you hover your mouse over the playing video, you’ll see buttons to pause it, a bar where you can drag the video timing back or forth, and volume controls.
Have fun! Have lots of fun! Just don’t record anything you don’t want the public and your mom to know (or even see) … !!