3 Ways To Use Facebook Chat On Your Desktop |

3 Ways To Use Facebook Chat On Your Desktop



Facebooks build-in chat feature is useful, but it lacks a desktop IM. Who will open

window for hours just for chatting? Browsers can crash or get

accidently closed, therefore putting an end to the conversation. I am

never comfortable with messengers build inside a website and prefer

using a desktop IM. Lets look at 3 different ways in which you can use

Facebook Chat on your Desktop Messenger.Note: When you use facebook chat from desktop IMs, you will be able to use all feature that are present in facebooks build-in


is the

first 3rd party messenger to support facebooks chat feature.

It is a

cross-platform messenger available for Windows, Mac OS X, and

Linux. No

hacks or plugins are required. Just register for an Digsby

account and

login with it. Once you are logged in, click Add Account.

Now in the

Accounts tab, click Add IM Account and select Facebook Chat

from the

list. Enter your facebook login details and start chatting. Its that simple!

is an

opensource 3rd party IM that has a large user base but sadly

till today

there is no official support for facebook chat. The only way

to connect

with Facebook chat is through a plugin.Grab the

for Pidgin and with it you can log into the Facebook servers, grab the

buddy list, send/receive messages, add/remove friends, receive

notifications, search for Facebook friends and set your Facebook status.Once you have installed this plugin, you will find Facebook listed among the supported IMs. Enter your facebook login details and click Add. Once added, you will see the list of facebook buddies that are


is a free

opensource IM for Mac OS X. The latest version(1.3.3) has a


support for facebook chat, just login with your facebook

account and you

are good to go. Above screenshot is taken from AllFacebookDigsby has an official support for Facebook Chat and is available for all three ,

Pidgin has no official support for Facebook Chat but can be added with


plugin, while Adium officially supports Facebook Chat but is only

available for Mac OS X. I prefer to use Digsby since it is more

user-friendly, has full support of Facebook chat, and is available for

all popular OS. What do you think?


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