Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with people you’ve missed over the years, including friends, family, business contacts, and school chums. For users who love talking with contacts on Facebook, there is a free instant messenger (IM) app that takes just a few minutes to use. Chit Chat for Facebook is a free Facebook messaging application owned and managed by UK-based Daniel Offer and Henrik Larsson.
Facebook enthusiasts might consider this app if waiting for comments and Facebook messages on the main website is too slow and cumbersome. Instant messaging offers conversations in real-time while allowing a user to browse other websites and to utilize other desktop programs.
Whilst Chit Chat for Facebook was originally created and marketed in the UK, it is available to anyone with an Internet connection. Here are some aspects of this free product:
*Quick and easy access. Users visit the website and download the software for the free Facebook instant messaging application. Choose to download it and save it to the computer or run it one time from the website. This program prompts for permissions, if a user desires, to save app files on your hard drive. In this reviewer’s experience, the download process took two or three minutes on a 58KB DSL connection.
*Usability. Users downloading the app see a narrow blue dialog box on one side of the screen. Log in to the Chit Chat feature with the appropriate Facebook email address and password. This app lets you choose whether to remember your Facebook log-in info and whether to sign in to the app automatically. At your first log-in, expect to be asked whether to share Chit Chat with your Facebook friends.
*Quick reference box for chatting. The result of logging in to this app is an alphabetical list of your Facebook friends in an easy-to-read format. All of the names of Facebook friends appear in a slender column. See instantly who is online and offline. Click on the name of one of your online friends to start instant messaging. Take advantage also of two links at the bottom of the dialog box to send a private message or to post a comment on a friend’s wall.
*Private messaging. Once you have selected a friend’s name, click the private message feature. Almost instantly, a blue-and-white box pops up addressed to your Facebook contact. Type in a personalized message and click “Send.”
In Summary, working with a Facebook application like Chit Chat makes it easy to perform other desktop tasks without keeping a Facebook page open. With Chit Chat, the IM feature, the private message feature, and the wall posting feature are easy to execute with a few clicks. This app saves time in personal productivity. Don’t waste time browsing Facebook pages – such as reading profiles and wall posts and viewing photos and videos.