I used to use instant messaging for work and personal conversations all of the time, but I’ve effectively eliminated it from my life because of the huge distraction that it poses. If you want to waste a few hours without even knowing it, then instant messaging is right for you, however, if you need to be productive on the computer, then you’re probably better off by avoiding it. Although I’m used to chatting live with text, I’ve never really tried using video to chat. An assortment of instant messaging programs enable you to do this, but MeBeam makes it easy for you and your friends to chat using audio and video without even needing an instant messaging client.

I really like the fact that this functionality is offered through a Web site instead of being tied to a specific piece of software because it truly makes it open to everyone. MeBeam couldn’t be simpler to use. Instead of requiring you to create an account, MeBeam just asks you to enter a unique name for your video room whether you’re starting it or joining it. You’ll instantly be connected with your friends, and you’ll probably wonder why you’ve just been using text to chat for so long.