Facebook Chat. finally!

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Let’s see, I have Yahoo messenger, MSN/Live messenger, AOL’s AIM, Skype, Google talk, ICQ and social IM.

I had to put them all in one application so I used Trillian for a while then switched to pidgin and I extremely recommend pidgin for everyone.

Then to keep in touch with my friends on facebook, I installed a new application: Social IM.

Just today, facebook came up with their own chat service, very similar to the one from within Gmail, it is online and it’s in the form of a nested tool bar on the bottom of every page from within your profile.

Great idea really, now there is a way to instantly chat with friends and (even better) find out who is online right now.

Not that I have anything against facebook’s messaging/email system, as a matter of fact I liked it a lot, because it took the form of a real chat (Just like Gmail) when you are messaging someone. But it still had a delay factor in it. Well that’s OK now because I can see who is on and who is not and chat with them instantly. And as an added feature, facebook respects your privacy, so they added the option of not showing that you’re on by making yourself unavailable.

Overall I think it’s a great addon to the facebook platform and I think they chose the correct location for it.

By the way, you can add me as a friend on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540610872

Go facebook go 😉

4 thoughts on “Facebook Chat. finally!”

  1. I have to disagree. There are already too many disparate solutions for chatting. Facebook should have integrated with an existing service, so I don’t have to keep track of ANOTHER chat. I won’t use it unless it gets cleanly integrated into Pidgin, and even then there’s a good chance that I won’t use it. Between AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, and Twitter, I have enough, Facebook didn’t need their own unique chat too.

  2. I have to disagree. There are already too many disparate solutions for chatting. Facebook should have integrated with an existing service, so I don’t have to keep track of ANOTHER chat. I won’t use it unless it gets cleanly integrated into Pidgin, and even then there’s a good chance that I won’t use it. Between AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, and Twitter, I have enough, Facebook didn’t need their own unique chat too.

  3. Shawn, like you, I try to keep connected as much as I can, I didn’t mention that the application is web based only on facebook (Kinda like meboo) and I know that half of my friends on facebook don’t have any other chat client, that’s why I got social.im but now since I spend a good amount of time on facebook, I think it will save me so much time doing the chat instead of just regular messaging.

  4. Shawn, like you, I try to keep connected as much as I can, I didn’t mention that the application is web based only on facebook (Kinda like meboo) and I know that half of my friends on facebook don’t have any other chat client, that’s why I got social.im but now since I spend a good amount of time on facebook, I think it will save me so much time doing the chat instead of just regular messaging.

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