Facebook finally lets me chat too

Earlier this month I wrote about how Facebook was testing out a new chat feature which was only then available on certain networks. Well after two weeks of waiting I’m finally cool enough to use it! I had wondered if the chat feature was an application you’d have to sign up for, but it looks like everyone gets to use it by default.

There’s a pop-up window at the bottom right corner of the homepage when you first sign in introducing you to this new feature, and it has a similar set up to Google Talk in that a green dot means you’re available and a red dot means you aren’t. There’s also a crescent moon image next to a person who is idle. All chat boxes and the chat list are positioned on a horizontal bar (like a status bar) that is fixed at the bottom of the web page. Like Gmail, you have to keep Facebook open in order to chat, and it doesn’t appear as if you can pop out the chat box from the bar.

Some of my friends on the same network has had the chat feature since a few days ago, I wonder why it’s only available to me this morning? I like to think they gave those members who spend way too much time Facebook stalking the first shot. Anyway, my initial impressions are positive: I like this a lot. I have more friends on Facebook then I have screen names of for my AOL Instant Messenger or Google Talk contacts, so i can talk to a lot more people. I just don’t know how often I will use it.

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