Noticed this morning Facebook have launched a native chat application – something that occurred to me a while back as potentially killer module for the site, and sorely needed. Wall posts suck. Yes, they really suck.
This new chat direction might be quite a killer app, closing the communication loop for them. Unfortunately it only runs in the browser window at the mo, with a utility bar tacked on above the browser status bar using some kind of footer stick css.
If Zuckerberg et al can get this thing supporting jabber and whatever other IM protocols are out there, they can really get FB out there in the fight for desktop / mobile social networking ubiquity, particularly if somebody hooks the service into gps on mobiles. That way you not only know which of your friends are online, but where they are, and have them immediately available to talk to.
Something else they must surely be working on is the facility to host multi-user IRC-style chat rooms. If this could somehow be integrated thread-like into your wall, it would be an awesome replacement for the old broken telephone wall post methodology that we have now. Ahem. not that I use Facebook any more… much.
Filed under: Social Media on April 23rd, 2008