There are many applications out there today for chatting with your friends on Facebook outside of Facebook. Some examples are eBuddy, and Meebo. But here’s an interesting one…Chit Chat for Facebook. This program is developed by Athena IT Limited.
This is the interface (this is an older version provided by their website. I could not show the new one due to security issues.). The new interface has profile pictures
next to their names, and the option to set a status. If you want to chat to someone, just click their name and a new window will popup. From here, you can manage all you chats. You can set the boldness of text, and you can also choose to underline your text. There is also a collection of smiley faces to use. That’s always nice. And I really like the chat box and how you can have all your chat going on at once.
What is also handy is the push notifications on the bottom right hand side of your screen. It will tell you when somebody is online. It will also show you when somebody is offline (which I’ve rarely seen). It does not give you notifications when somebody chats to you though, and will only make a sound. That was a bit dissapointing to me.
Some things that could improve this is connection to other services, such as Yahoo Messenger and Gmail chat. This feature is in other chat applications like Meebo and eBuddy. Another improvement is to have an italic text selection in their chat interface. This could also use a mobile app for iOS and Android. This could help gain more customers.
Chit Chat for Facebook is a Facebook Chat Messenger that enables users to use Facebook Chat without their web-browser. The Facebook Messenger enables users to save their Facebook Chat conversations (chat history), format their instant messages (use bold and underline) and add smileys to their messages. Additionally, Chit Chat for Facebook supports the ability to send private Facebook mail and Facebook wall posts to many Facebook friends at once. Chit Chat for Facebook allows users to enjoy the convenience and ease of an instant messenger whilst communicating over Facebook Chat.
I give this program a decent 8.5/10. It just needs a mobile app which to me is important and other people on the go. It also needs push notifications for when somebody messages me.
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