Innovations in Video Chat Technology


Cross-posted on The E Club World Blog.

When The E Club Social was just a few weeks old, The E Club partnered with OpenTok, an open-source video chat provider, to create a video chat service. It was, and still is, called VideoResort, and 20 people can chat at a time. That's more people per session than Facebook's video chat service and Google+ Hangouts can have combined.

When The E Club+ was created, the same technology (and name) was passed on from The E Club Social, and +VideoResort was created. It was exactly the same as The E Club Social's VideoResort. Now, since we believe video chat is the future of social networking, we took the OpenTok technology behind +VideoResort, modified it so that it looked more like The E Club+, and made it easily accessible for all members of The E Club+ using an overlay. A basically-new service needs a new name, so we renamed it +LiveChat.

We are still testing the new design of +LiveChat (hosting it on The E Club might possibly have some technical difficulties), and if we have to, we'll revert the +LiveChat screen to the old design that VideoResort uses. Besides the design, there is no difference between the modified +LiveChat and the original VideoResort screens. Either way, members of The E Club+ can now instantly access free, instant video chat with no plugins required.

We have invested a lot of time in the OpenTok platform because video chat is changing the way people share online. Many social networks already have video chat, but The E Club Social's and The E Club+'s allow up to 20 people to chat at a time. And this is just the beginning. We are already looking at ways to further integrate video chat technology throughout The E Club Family, and we're starting to add +LiveChat WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications), which provides browser-based, high quality web communications, to +LiveChat for Google Chrome users (where WebRTC is stable).

We are looking forward to what we can do with +LiveChat technology, and we hope you enjoy it too.

Update: The +LiveChat interface has been reverted back to the original interface due to stability issues.