Facebook extends XMPP chat options

Example of Facebook's in-site chat system. Via Flickr Creative Commons. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pollas/2478153160/
Example of Facebook's in-site chat system. Image Via Flickr Creative Commons.

Tired of having to stay logged into Facebook to utilize the chat function with your friends list on the site? Ever forgotten the need to be logged in to the site and signed out while you were chatting with someone? Well, Facebook just announced a new upgrade to its social media capabilities. It’s now possible for users to access and talk to their Facebook compadres everywhere; no constant log-in to Facebook required.

On February 10, Facebook extended its chat service to be compatible with other major instant messaging clients. Now, users can talk to their Facebook contacts simply by connecting to their regular IM service, like AIM or iChat.

While some option of an out-of-site Facebook Chat has existed with services like Adium, Pidgin, and Meebo, the social networking site’s incorporation of XMPP/Jabber technology aims to improve on the previous experience by making it easier and more “seamless,” as TechCrunch‘s Jason Kincaid writes.

Facebook’s out-of-site chat options improves its social media and networking experience by providing users a quick and easy way to connect by integrating their Facebook chat contacts with their preferred chat client interface. Communication abilities have expanded for users to talk freely with one another without even having to remain on Facebook, which frees up one previously occupied browser or tag. With AIM, for instance, this integration process becomes as easy as clicking a “Facebook Connect” button that appears after logging into the client. After that, you can customize your settings regarding who you want to show up on your contact list and just use the regular chat client’s settings to change when you appear on- or off-line.

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Sam Schneider

I am a senior at Purdue University majoring in Professional Writing and History with a minor in Communication. I intend to graduate in May 2010.

6 thoughts on “Facebook extends XMPP chat options

  • February 12, 2010 at 8:50 am
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    Excellent article. Who took the snapshot posted on Flickr? (Username?) Also, can this feature be used in Yahoo Messenger? How about Skype?

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  • February 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm
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    The image is from Flickr user pollas at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pollas/2478153160/. I don’t know why the link disappeared–I know I had posted it in the original draft.
    Also, after a bit of extensive researching through the Facebook Blog’s comments on the article, a lot of commenters have mentioned that this actually does not work with Yahoo, Skype, or MSN, which kind of begs the question on why Facebook chose to title the blog post for this topic with “Facebook Chat Now Available Everywhere” [italics are mine for emphasis], since that has not been ringing true.

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  • February 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm
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    Hi Sam,
    The fact that Skype, MSN and Yahoo do not support XMPP is part of a long-time battle regarding instant messaging gateways. The history of XMPP is an interesting one, and it solves many of the proprietary issues established by the walled garden approach of the aforementioned. I think its great that facebook (friendfeed) and google have chosen XMPP, a completely open standard, to promote messaging between platforms. Hopefully, people will switch over and use their single-sign-on domains to communicate in real time with anyone as efficiently as possible. If someone thinks my last statement is an over-reach, I welcome comment.

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  • February 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm
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    Thank you for sharing and I am happy to find so many useful information here in the post.
    Regards…

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  • July 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm
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    Excellent article. Who took the snapshot posted on Flickr? (Username?) Also, can this feature be used in Yahoo Messenger? How about Skype?

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