The cameras are in smartphones, laptops, and even new TVs.But even with a push from major companies ranging from Apple to Microsoft, video calls have had muted success, which is a shame.The pace at which we switch from one technology to another can make your head spin.
The struggle to get people to put their faces online was highlighted with recent scrutiny of Airtime, a much hyped startup video chat site backed by Napster doyens Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning.
The move came after a discussion at a recent company meeting, according to a notice posted on Reddit about the new policy.
"Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media when it comes to protecting your privacy —something we've cared deeply about since Reddit's inception," read the post, which was signed by top company executives.
Indeed, most of us don't want arbitrary business associates to even see our cubicles.
There's also the specter of Chatroulette (or Cu-See Me and Jenni Cam, for the older folks).