Integrating Facebook Chat Everywhere
by Serkan Piantino - February 10, 2010 at 11:30am

Every day people send more than two billion chat messages to each other on Facebook. Today we're making it easier for people to extend those conversations with their Facebook friends to instant messaging clients beyond Facebook.com. 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.

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.

Read our documentation to learn how to integrate Facebook Chat.

While we don't anticipate capacity issues, please let us know if you plan to add support for Facebook Chat within your application and have more than 100,000 users connecting each day. To help make sure you're successful, we want to ensure our servers are ready to handle the additional load.

We look forward to continuing to make more aspects of Facebook available to our developer community. Please share your feedback with us in the Developer Forum, and keep reading the developer roadmap to stay informed of other upcoming changes.

Serkan, an engineer on the chat team, thinks chat is better when it's everywhere.