Just Released: Facebook Chat Outside of Facebook

February 10, 2010

4:54 pm

I don’t know about you all, but I hate the chat interface in Facebook.  Too many tabs if you have a couple of chats going, that odd noise that it makes when you receive a new chat (like someone smacking their tongue), just an odd experience all around.  On the other hand, I love chatting in iChat, or even programs like Adium.  They give you the more traditional chat interface along with the ability to collect all your chats in one window so its easy to have more than one conversation going at a time.

So I was really happy when I came across the news today that Facebook had made

Facebook Chat available everywhere, we are using the technology Jabber (XMPP), an open messaging protocol supported by most instant messaging software, including iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Miranda and more.

Straight away I popped onto iChat and added my new Facebook account.  It is really easy to do, you can get instructions for most chat programs HERE.  Another pretty cool feature they enable today was

We’ve also built support for Facebook Chat into Facebook Connect for developers wishing to build chat experiences into their website, desktop or mobile instant-messaging applications and services. If you already have an AOL Instant Messenger account, you can check this out by connecting your Facebook Chat using the latest version of AIM.

Should be pretty interesting to see what comes out of this.  I think that Facebook is going to have to stay on its toes now that Google has put its foot in the social ring with Google Buzz.

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at jjg3photo.com/.

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