Having a virtual book club has never been easier thanks to new tools from Facebook, Skype and Google.
Today Facebook announced new updates that make it easier to chat with multiple people and to hold one-on-one video calls. Facebook’s new ad hoc group chat lets Facebook users create group chats without first creating a group, so you can easily invite your Facebook friends to your book club meetupsand host the party on group chat. The new design also improves the look of chats on wide screens, making it easier to view. Facebook users can also video chat thanks to a new partnership with Skype, but this feature isn’t as ideal for book clubs, since it doesn’t support group chat. Hopefully they’ll add a multi-calling feature soon.
You can also host your book club parties with a new group calling feature on Skype. The new feature lets you chat with up to ten different people at once. Or you can use Google+ Hangouts, which is part of Google’s new social toolset called Google+. The feature is a “live multi-person video” chatroom that lets you have conversations with your online friends.