8×8 Inc., a Voice over Internet Protocol service provider, has released a new point-and-click VoIP calling application dubbed 8×8 Connect. It allows Facebook users to add a “Call Me” button to their home page, thereby enabling other users to call them without revealing their actual phone number.
“The application asks the person making the call to enter the phone number they wish to place the call from, calls that number and then automatically rings the Facebook user at a number they previously set as their preferred contact number,” the company explained in a press release.
Wanting to see if it worked as advertised, I installed the app, filled out the information and installed the Call Me button on my Facebook page. That done, I called myself. The call connected seamlessly. I would recommend it, mostly because you can control who can see your Facebook page.
I think this app could be especially helpful for small business owners and consultants, who could use it as a way to generate interest in the products/services they’re selling.
In the meantime, I hope 8X8 takes this app to the next level by making it more personal. I hate the random photo (see graphic) that’s now being displayed on my page, especially when it could easily customize it by picking one of my Facebook profile photos instead. Another bonus would be if one could place the Call Me button on fanpages as well.