According to the Facebook blog, the social network is launching a live chat feature this week allowing users to communicate in real time from their Facebook profile pages. It’s still in beta I think. Not everyone has been able to install the new chat application yet. I’ve gotten a few install errors so far and I don’t see the chat app in my profile yet.
A chat application is great news for Facebook users. The “Wall” application was great for some things. But sometimes you just want to have a conversation with someone that isn’t publicly posted in their profile or doesn’t have the delay of going to their “Inbox” first. In case you were wondering, all Facebook Chat conversations are one-to-one, completely private, and only between Facebook friends.
Bonus: You don’t have to get IM account info from all your Facebook friends. Just install the app and your Facebook friends will automatically get added to your chat list.
To add the Facebook Chat application to your profile, just click here. But remember it’s a little buggy still. Don’t flip out if you get an error. Hopefully they will get things all straightened out by the end of the week.
I hope they add a “Pages” option to the chat app next. It would be nice to be able to chat with fans on the MethodShop.com Facebook Fan Page.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.