When online chatting first became popular, most of us did it using a chat client, such as AOL's Instant Messenger or (if we really want to show our age) ICQ. These days, many people chat using Facebook, and why not? The vast majority of the people you know are probably there, and chat is integrated into Facebook's interface, which you probably have open all the time anyway. If you miss having the option to chat without having your browser open, however, try Facebook Chat DeskTop. This simple program lets you access your Facebook chat buddies from your desktop. It didn't knock our socks off, but it's a viable alternative if you don't always want to be chained to your browser.
Facebook Chat DeskTop has a basic interface that's easy to figure out. We logged in with our Facebook username and password, and the program displayed our Facebook friends in an alphabetical list; online friends were on top, and everyone else was below. The program lacks some of the features common to most chat clients; there are no sound options at all, so you can't depend on an audio alert to let you know when you've sent or received a message. We also weren't crazy about the fact that you have to click the "Send" button to send each message, although you can tab over to it and then press Enter instead of using the mouse. Overall, Facebook Chat DeskTop works, but it's a pretty bare-bones chat client. There are probably other, more sophisticated options available.
Facebook Chat DeskTop installs and uninstalls without issues.
Facebook Chat @Desktop is a free instant messenger (IM) that enables you to chat with your friends directly from desktop.With its advanced GUI, you can see which of your Facebook friends are online or offline. With Facebook Chat @Desktop you connect to your Facebook account directly, without the hassle of opening your hardware consuming Web browser. Facebook Chat @Desktop maintains a small system footprint and won't interfere with normal computer activity. Message notification mechanism implemented in Facebook Chat @Desktop lets you know when you receive an instant message. You can talk with many friends at the same time thanks to fast chat interface, by just clicking the name of the friend. Facebook Chat @Desktop is extremely easy to use - you just need to download, install and login with your Facebook username and password.Facebook Chat @ Desktop provides an easy way to chat with Facebook friends. There is no need to open the browser and go online. It's a simple messenger application. It is intended for users who are interested only in chatting with Facebook friends and not other Facebook things that can distract from the work.
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