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On the internet, video is the reigning champion and a nearly ubiquitous way to communicate in real time without actually being in the same room.

Even the mighty Facebook will be passé sooner than anyone thinks.

As with most mobile technologies, one minute you think a communication medium has stagnated or become a standard (if such a thing exists), and then the walls come down, the natives get restless and somebody invents something new. Even though it may seem like your metallic-blue Sony VAIO is prepped and ready with software that uses the built-in webcam, the reality is that the internet is a faster, more reliable and more compatible way to hold a video chat session.

Your webcam is now a portal to sites like Imo.im, UStream, and Tokbox that let you chat over a video feed without downloading any software.

Users pointed out that one way to spot a bot is that their height is often listed as under 3 foot The bots, after sometimes convincingly carrying out a conversation, try to lure the user into clicking on a spam link to a fake webcam site.

The benefit for mobile users is speed: you can fire up a site and start chatting in seconds.

And the person on the other end of the video chat doesn't have to install any software either.

The reader, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had received the same set of messages more than once, and that he realised he was not speaking to a real person when he began receiving responses not lining up with what he said.

One Twitter user tried an unusual method to discover that the guy was not real “When you get it the second time – you’re like ‘what?!