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) It's worthwhile going to a large computer store (Comp USA, Compusmart, Future Shop, Best Buy, or whatever's large and near you) to have a look, as they tend to have one of each webcam set up and connected to a computer, so you can compare image quality.
Some of the more expensive models do fancy things, like tracking (the camera follows you around the room) and have nice zooms, which may be useful, depending on your intended use.
I've included a photo of the Creative Web Cam Vista Plus, which is a really cheap, very basic webcam, which is Mac and PC compatible.
It's one I'd recommend for people just beginning to mess around with webcams, and you can find it and other Creative webcams for -20 USD if you shop around.
Now hook it up to your computer with the included instructions (most of them are plug-in-and-use now) and move on to step 2! You will both need a Windows Live account, but it's free, and you can get it at the URL I just gave.
Now you've got a webcam, you probably want to talk to some people. Windows Windows Live Messenger is your friend here. If you don't want to have to download things (and frankly, who does? It's an online version of Windows Live Messenger, so you'll still need that Windows Live account (which, by the way, you have if you have a Hotmail account). Chat is one place to look for chat rooms, and is another.