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Launch of XMPP support means third-party messaging applications can integrate Facebook Chat easily
Facebook has just announced that third-party instant messengers will now easily be able to integrate Facebook Chat, which now operates under Jabber (XMPP) technology. Since many of the most popular messaging clients--iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Miranda--offer Jabber support, it's likely that you'll be able to now chat to your Facebook friends via your favorite client.
An added bonus for users who take advantage of friend lists is that those lists can also be made visible in other applications.
Facebook Connect also has received full Facebook Chat support so that developers can bring the chat experience to their own third-party Web sites or applications.
In essence, Facebook wants Facebook Chat to be ubiquitous. And since the social networking site is home to 400 million users worldwide who are sending more than two billion messages via Facebook Chat per day, that aim is not very far-fetched: third-party developers have only users to gain by embracing Facebook Chat.
It's worth noting that some products, like Nimbuzz, had already managed to integrate Facebook Chat. Today's changes, however, will just make it that much easier for developers to add Facebook Chat support to their clients.
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Nimbuzz is the free call and messaging app for the connected generation.
Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets you meet, share and connect with family and friends on any mobile device.
At the heart of Nimbuzz is the live Contact list – an always-on, hyper-connected, dynamic address book, enhanced with “real-time-presence” showing at a glance who’s online, offline, busy or away, their status messages, avatar pictures and social community activity. From here, users launch free and cheap calls between each other, IM chat sessions, picture sending, chat-room sessions, location based services and various other communication & interactive features.
Nimbuzz users enjoy the freedom of communicating with friends between any internet enabled device, from mobile to mobile, mobile to PC/Mac and vice versa, harnessing the power of the Internet (Wi-Fi, 3G, 2G, GPRS)
With its mobile, Web, Wap and desktop clients, Nimbuzz is available on thousands of the worlds’ most popular devices across all major platforms – Symbian, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Mobile, Android, BlackBerry, J2ME, as well as Windows and Mac desktop computers.
Social networks & communities supported by Nimbuzz include Skype®, Facebook®, Windows Live Messenger (MSN®), GoogleTalkTM, Twitter, Yahoo!TM, AIM®, MySpace, ICQ®, GaduGadu, Hyves, StudiVZ, Giovani and others.