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
first 3rd party messenger to support facebooks chat feature.
It is a
cross-platform messenger available for Windows, Mac OS X, and
hacks or plugins are required. Just register for an Digsby
login with it. Once you are logged in, click Add Account.
Now in the
Accounts tab, click Add IM Account and select Facebook Chat
list. Enter your facebook login details and start chatting. Its that simple!
opensource 3rd party IM that has a large user base but sadly
there is no official support for facebook chat. The only way
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?