Facebook has overtaken MSN and Yahoo messengers which were quite popular a few years ago. As more and more people switch over, its become a common practise to keep the facebook page open in your browser while your computer is on. This can get in the way when you want the browser tabs to be organized. This post features a facebook specific chat IM and a few other ways to stay logged in to Facebook chat.
Chit Chat for Facebook
Chit Chat for Facebook is a free instant messenger that allows you to login and chat with your friends on Facebook. It does not require you to have the Facebook page open and works from the system tray similar to Yahoo and Live Messenger.
The program is lightweight with a download size of only 1MB and uses about 5MB of memory while running. The interface is quite simple and easy to use. No complicated options or menu’s.
The program shows you a list of friends that are online on Facebook. It also shows you a notification when friends login or logout. This feature can get quite irritating, especailly if you play games. The notification minimizes the game. Hope the developer adds and option to disable it.
Other Ways to stay logged in to Facebook Chat Outside Facebook
1) Instant Messenger Clients
Digsby is another instant messenger that has support for Facebook. The reason I do not recommend digsby is because there have been reports of the installer coming with malware. While there is a digsby installer which doesnt not contain the additional malware, there are still reports that Digsby uses you system to run some research as discussed here.
Meebo is an old and well known web messenger that supports multiple platforms including facebook. Founded in 2005, Meebo enables real-time social interactions with instant messaging and group chat at meebo.com. It also allows video chatting with Facebook friends by making use of tokbox. This can be helpful if you are at work and not allowed to install software or access Facebook. The chat will still work as the connection is made to meebo.
3) Mac Users
Mac users need not worry, Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to Facebook, AIM, MSN, Jabber & Yahoo.
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