I’d noticed that I’d become progressively less and less interested in Facebook over the last month or two. A bit like LinkedIn – which I discovered, indulged in, enjoyed, and then subsequently forgot, Facebook had somewhat lost it’s luster. From being the first thing I checked the first moment I got online, I was going whole days (gasp!) sans FB.
And then yesterday they introduced chat. I knew it was coming, and that it had been in a closed Beta for some time, but it arrived as a pleasant surprise when I logged on. Facebook chat is simple, offering users the opportunity to chat with their Facebook friends who are online from within their browser. From my limited experience of it yesterday, it’s pretty quick, reliable and bottom line, has me using Facebook again.
Stiaan has written an insightful post highlighting that he doesn’t necessarily think that Facebook chat is trying to compete with GTalk / Skype so much as add a completely new dimension to it’s already potent social networking offering. I have to agree, but add that it is a significant new dimension. Significant enough to grab my attention all over again.
Stii also mentioned that Vincent Maher said to him on FB chat that “this changes everything” – I’d like to hear more from Vince about that.
What do you think of Facebook chat?