August 23rd, 2011 10:22 EST
Facebook Windows App Chit Chat Reviewed
Chit Chat is a free Windows instant messaging service for Facebook that allows you to chat online with all your Facebook friends. Unlike Facebook Chat, Chit Chat for Facebook is installed on your desktop, so you don`t need to have an internet browser open to be able to use it. It is completely free, available for Windows machines, and is easy to install and set up. You will be chatting in no time!
The embedded Facebook Chat tool has long been criticised for not being reliable enough or having many advanced features. Chit Chat for Facebook offers users all those extra niceties, and because it does not rely on your internet browser, it can also be more stable. If you use Facebook Chat regularly, then this free Facebook tool is going to be of great benefit to you.
If you are already familiar with an instant messaging service such as MSN Messenger, ICQ, or Yahoo! Chat, then you will feel right at home with Chit Chat for Facebook. First of all you need to download and install a small free program. Once that`s done, open the program and log in with your Facebook username and password. Chit Chat for Facebook will then give you a list of all your contacts, with online contacts shown at the top of the list. Double click a contact`s name to begin chatting with them.
The user interface is very uncluttered, and simple to navigate and use. Your contacts appear in a contact list, with online contacts shown with a green dot, and offline contacts with a red dot, just as they do on Facebook Chat. The chat window shows the avatar and name of the person you are chatting to, with the conversation colour-coded and time-stamped so that you can easily work out who said what and when.
The chat window is tabbed, so it is easy to chat to more than one Facebook friend at a time by clicking on their name at the top of the page. The chat window will also show you message notifications and status alerts so you won`t miss anything. Chit Chat for Facebook also offers the ability to format instant messages and add emoticons, so you can easily change the look of your message and let your unique personality shine through. You can even change the appearance of the chat window itself, as well the chat notification sound alerts.
Chit Chat for Facebook can also save a complete history of your chats, so you can go back and double-check what time you said you would meet your friend, or what that address was. But if you would rather not remember what that chat was about, you can clear the chat history as well, and confine it to the recycling bin. If you prefer to use the keyboard rather than the mouse, or you need to minimise the chat window in a hurry, there is a massive range of keyboard shortcuts to navigate around the program with speed.
If you are a Blackberry user, you have probably noticed that the Facebook app leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, Chit Chat for Facebook recently announced a Blackberry Facebook app that allows you to log in and chat to your Facebook friends, and even get chat notifications when the app is not currently being used.
But the single best feature about Chit Chat for Facebook is the fact that you don`t need to be signed in to Facebook in your browser to use it. You can have it running in the background while you are playing a game or checking your email, and never have to worry about missing another chat notification because you forgot to check in to Facebook in your browser. Chit Chat for Facebook is completely free, and requires only a small download, but it will make chatting with your Facebook friends that much easier.
Download it today, and give it a try.