If you’re a regular Internet user who likes connecting with friends, chances are you’re a part of the modern Facebook phenomenon. The site boasts millions of users who keep in touch with friends and family every day. Perhaps you’ve also become familiar with Instant Messaging, or IM—the ability to “chat” with your friends in real-time. It’s built into Facebook and is a popular feature on the network.
But the next best thing would be a desktop program that allows you not only to use Facebook’s chat feature, but lets you do so without having to log on to Facebook in the first place. Such a Facebook add on app has arrived: it’s called Chit-Chat for Facebook. This easy-to-use program is a full-fledged IM client that lets you communicate in real time with your Facebook friends from the convenience of your desktop. It also boasts a number of features that enhance the overall Facebook experience.
The immediate appeal of Chit-Chat is its ease of use. The interface is very similar to that of many popular IM clients, making it easy for users of similar programs to adjust to this one. The main window tells you which of your friends are online and which are off; as long as they are logged on to Facebook and have the chat option on, they will be in the “Online” column and can exchange messages with you. This functionality is great for having quick chats with friends when you don’t necessarily want to browse through their profiles. It’s also great for catching up with those friends who use Facebook as their main social networking outlet and don’t have profiles with other IM clients