So, Facebook chat has launched in the UK. Rather than finding out for yourself about The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly, let me make the mistakes for you. I know, I know, it hurts to be this helpful…
- It only works whilst you’re in Facebook, rather than sitting as a bar in your browser as I previously scaremongered. Unless, that is, unless you fancy never working again, in which case you can open it as a ‘Pop Out’ window.
- The Pop Out window sits as a completely separate window, and you can use it even when you close your Facebook page. However, if someone contacts you in it or responds to you, there’s no notifier, which could mean you become obsessed with checking that as well. Annoying, no?
– I’ve checked the privacy settings, and they don’t seem to have caught up – it’s as if you’ve instantly added 300 extra people to your IM. Even if there are certain people you’ve allowed only limited profile views, there’s no way of making sure they can’t contact you on IM. Ouch.
- You can only chat with one person at a time, so it’s no good for arranging a night out.
So there you have it peeps, a 30 second review of Facebook Chat. Personally, I don’t think it’s going to change my life – I’ve got the people I need instant conversations with on Skype, and failing that, I suppose I can always use my voice (it’s a bit rusty though).
By Susi Weaser | April 23rd, 2008