Ah, FaceTime. When Apple released the new video calling protocol, it seemed that no one in Cupertino had ever heard of Skype the way they kept on banging on about how futuristic and awesome the technology was, even though desktop users had enjoyed the same abilities for quite some time before anyone even knew what FaceTime was.
Even so, like many things that Apple releases, it’s has caught on pretty quickly with a lot of people who like to be at the leading edge of technology. Facetime is now out for Mac OS X as well as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and runs in the background on a Mac in case anyone wants to call you.
Now if you want to place a FaceTime call straight from Safari without having to open the application first, it’s easily done. Here’s how!
When you’re in Safari, navigate to the address bar as if you are about to type in the URL of a website you wish to visit, and instead type “facetime://” where you would normally have “http://”. You can follow this up with the Apple ID, email address or phone number of anyone that you wish to speak to, and FaceTime will open and call the person that you have specified.
If you spend a lot of time in your browser, then it’s a real time saver not having to go to your Applications folder and launch the FaceTime application manually. Try it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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