Houston Man Will Chat with Aunt in China for Thanksgiving Dinner, Tips on Connecting Via Video Chat
Online PR News – 25-November-2010 – – NEW YORK - November 24, 2010 --Consumers continue to turn to video chat as a way to stay in touch with family and friends during the Holidays, according to Paltalk, the leading real-time, video-based community that's been downloaded over 70 million times.
Paquitin Nam of Houston, TX plans to use video chat to share Thanksgiving dinner with his aunt while she is teaching in China. This will be the first time they have been able to "spend" Thanksgiving together in several years and they are looking forward to being able to catch up while enjoying their Thanksgiving meal. Mr. Nam and his aunt have arranged to log into a private video chat room, created by Mr. Nam using Paltalk Express, as they are preparing to eat their meals. They will fix plates of food, sit in front of video cameras attached to their computers and give thanks for health, happiness and family - even if that family is separated by several thousand miles. With Paltalk Express they'll be able to share the experience of eating together on Thanksgiving in a real-time, interactive way that closely resembles the live experience.
"Not everyone is able to be with loved ones on Thanksgiving but technology can help cross that geographic divide," said Jason Katz, CEO of Paltalk. "We developed Paltalk with these types of communication situations in mind, and spent time and money to make it easy-to-use and reliable, even for just the minimally tech-savvy."
Paltalk Express is the web-based version of Paltalk, providing users with virtually all of the features and functionality of the original Paltalk video chat community through the use of a web browser. In addition to Paltalk Express, users can utilize a Paltalk SuperIM URL to video call with up to 10 friends and family members, regardless of their network, browser or IM service. Friends or family only need to remember the user's SuperIM URL to connect for a multimedia or multi-person video, audio or text chat, eliminating the need for additional software downloads. Paltalk can thus be utilized by both PC and Mac users.
Video chat is a great way for friends and family to stay in touch during the Holidays. Some things consumers should know when considering video chat communication include:
1.Video chat is not expensive - A Harris Interactive survey of online adults conducted earlier this year showed that 79 percent thought there was some cost associated with initiating a video chat session. In reality, many companies have free video conferencing for a limited number of people - perfect for families trying to connect with relatives during the Holidays. Paltalk supports a video conference with up to 10 people for free.
2.Initiating a video chat session is easy - Most services only require a user to plug a web cam into a USB port on their computer and then download the service from the Internet. Once the software is installed, initiating a video chat is no more difficult than using an instant messaging service or email. And some services (including Paltalk) only require one person to download the video chat software. Other chat participants log on to that person's personal video chat website address as they would any other website - no software to download or program to navigate.
3.You don't need a huge network to make video chat worthwhile, but it's easy to get your friends, family and colleagues to participate - The ease of use and price point for most video chat platforms make it perfect for informally connecting with a small group of people around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or another holiday. However, it's also easy to add other people to your network and use video chat for business or other communication that would benefit from face-to-face interaction. Users can import contacts from email or instant message address books and invite them to download the video chat platform for themselves, instantly building a video chat network.
Paltalk is the premier provider of software and technology for real-time, rich media, interactive social networking. The Paltalk platform powers the largest collection of video-based communities and has continued to grow since it was launched in 1998. Paltalk now boasts millions of active members with nearly 100,000 people simultaneously chatting in rooms engaged in lively dialogues, meeting new friends, singing karaoke and attending family reunions.
Paltalk has a long history of technical innovation. Paltalk owns eleven patents which cover core technology related to multiplayer online video games and video conferencing. Paltalk supports IM pals on Facebook, Google Talk, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ and is available as a free download.
For more information, please visit: http://www.paltalk.com
Kevin H. King
Horn Group, Inc.