Since Facebook is a social network, it stands to reason that its users want to communicate with each other, and that apps will become more popular if they offer users the opportunity to do so. An announcement concerning Facebook Chat may be somewhat momentous, then.
“Facebook Chat now supports Jabber/XMPP, the open standard for instant messaging. Now developers can integrate Facebook Chat with their Web-based, desktop, or mobile instant messaging products,” Serkan Piantino, an engineer, wrote on the Facebook Developers blog yesterday.
He then shared a few specifics, continuing, “As a developer, you can support Facebook Chat using the same underlying technology as other Jabber-based networks. You can integrate Facebook Chat into your own standalone chat client like Adium, iChat, or Pidgin. And with Facebook Connect, your users can easily authenticate with your chat client, like Meebo. AOL also announced support for Facebook Chat within the latest version of AIM.”
Developers should think twice before charging ahead – it’s probably a rare Facebook user who wants every single one of his or her online friends to have an open and instantaneous line of communication. Still, lots of folks are sure to enjoy talking with their pals.