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Using Facebook Chat via Jabber
by David Reiss - May 13, 2008 at 6:57pm

Since the launch of Facebook Chat, we've received a lot of positive feedback from users about being able to connect instantly with their friends on Facebook. With Chat fully launched and growing steadily, we've started working on more new features to enhance the Chat experience.

Right now we're building a Jabber/XMPP interface for Facebook Chat. In the near future, users will be able to use Jabber/XMPP-based chat applications to connect to Facebook Chat to:

  • Communicate with their friends
  • See which of their friends are online and view their profile pictures
  • Set their statuses

Users can securely authenticate and authorize applications to connect to Chat on their behalf and send messages to their friends just like they can on Facebook.

We will share more details as we get closer to launch, but we wanted to give you a heads up so you can start thinking about (or even start building) Chat into your applications.

Please send us your comments and feedback to developer-feedback@facebook.com. Put [Chat via Jabber] in the subject line.