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.