Facebook Chat

So, Facebook got a new feature, Facebook Chat. It looks a lot like Gtalk, but it can only be accessed online on the facebook website. It also comes with an annoying gray bar which covers the entire bottom of the screen and can’t be permanently removed. Joy.

So, I thought it would be a great idea to have Jabber support for this thing. I told them as much.

Will Facebook chat support Jabber in the future?

It would be a shame if it were browser-only or used some proprietary desktop client not compatible with Linux.

They replied.

Hi James,

Thank you for your interest in Facebook Chat.  Unfortunately, the features offered by Facebook Chat do not necessarily match those of other chat clients.  Additionally, Facebook Chat cannot currently be integrated with third party chat applications.  We will keep your suggestion in mind and welcome your feedback as we continue to improve this feature.  Let me know if you have any further questions.

Features? Facebook Chat has features? Additionally, I distinctly remember the word “future” being in there someplace. Meh. Open standards! Interoperability! Pretty please?

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3 Responses to “Facebook Chat”


  1. 1 pKay April 25, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I thought it was quite nifty! For the first few days I saw like 30 people on at the time and then people realized that they can turn it of and it went to 3/4 people online for chat… It’s no msn or like other chat clients but it’s not too bad… I am sure they will improve it in the future.

    Anyway, was just passing through via tag surfer!

    Cheers!!

  2. 2 tndaisy1960 June 4, 2008 at 10:09 am

    FB Chat won’t work in Linux, apparently, so it’s useless for me. I switched over to Winblows just long enough to test it, and sure enough, Winders won. Bleh.

  3. 3 James June 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    tndaisy, it works fine in Arch Linux under the Firefox 3 RC1 with the latest version of flash installed. What browser are you using?


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