I just login into facebook after a long time of inactivity and was actually impressed with the newly unvield facebook instant messenger.
Well, according to their press release:
The social networking giant flicked the switch on the service which allows users of Facebook to message their friends quickly and efficiently from any page in Facebook. After a user agrees to go online they are greeted with their friends list in a pop up form on within an integrated version at the bottom of Facebook pages. Interestingly the connection doesn’t appear to be SSL so it might be possible for bad guys to sniff any conversations with your friends.
Facebook is in the middle of a re-design aimed to promote aggregation for users personally. In a message to Facebook users the company says “As you have seen in our screen shots, the ‘Wall’ tab of your profile has a new emphasis on recent activity. We think this is the information that your friends care the most about, and the information that will recap what you have been up to lately. This change shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable, and to ensure this we will be giving you control over what information is displayed about you. What’s really important is that you have a say in what information is being shared about you, and in turn, your friends have an easy way to see it.”
It has been a long time coming since facebook wanted to have their own internal instant messengener service. If Myspace can have one, facebook can too.
Will this create a new threat to businesses and corporations since we all know that social sites such as myspace, facebook and friendster can be a big time waster? And now that the new facebook chat service is so well integrated, let’s bet that it won’t be long university, business and corporations starts blocking the whole facebook site again!
Yes, you can socialize, but please get the work done first 🙂