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Chat with your Facebook friends without visiting Facebook.com

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Chat with your Facebook friends without visiting Facebook.com


Use Facebook chat with these free online tools
            Wondering what it is? Connecting you to your Facebook friends without even having to open your Facebook account. When you chat with your Facebook friends, you don’t need to install any IM software but you need to be logged into your Facebook account. What if the latter condition is not necessary? You are free to access the Facebook chat from anywhere without opening the site in your browser (especially in the Access Denied zones).



Chat using the browser

            Whichever browser you use, may be Chrome or you might have prism for Firefox, just open this address in the address bar of your browser and then create a shortcut for Facebook chat application on your desktop.

            If the Firefox users wish to use this Facebook chat application from the sidebar, then they can bookmark the above given link and the “Load this bookmark in sidebar” property of the bookmark to true.
If you use IE and you pretty much hate to use the Facebook chat from the sidebar, then you can try Gabtastik- it is a minimal desktop client for Facebook looks same as the web version of Facebook chat. Although, it sends you notifications through the system tray.

Another very interesting web based service for instant messaging is Meebo, it also supports Facebook chat now. You can use the Facebook connect service to connect your Facebook account with Meebo and start chatting instantly with your online buddies. Well, this is the one I most like because you can use this to chat with your Facebook friends even if the main site is blocked in your organization. Also, you can simultaneously connect to your friends on other networks.

Chat from desktop

ChitChat

Don’t you wish you could have something like Yahoo messenger or gtalk for your Facebook? If yes, then ChitChat is for you.ChitChat provides you with a tabbed window from which you can talk to many friends at once. It notifies you when your friends become online or offline. But it is only a Windows app, moreover in its RC stage, so you got to empty your pocket.

Digsby

Digsby for Facebook Chat
It is an all-in-one package. You don‘t have only your Facebook here, but also twitter, gmail, Linkedin and other such accounts.

It has an interesting feature like if you have multiple Facebook accounts, suppose you and your partner, then this allows to associate your multiple accounts and lets you chat with a combined buddy list. Also Facebook does not let you make any audio/video calls but Digsby makes it possible via Tokbox.

Adium

Adium , a tool for facebook chat
I did not talk about Mac till now, so for buddies using Mac, you have Adium. Like Digsby, Adium also allows you to connect to multiple I'm networks like Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, AIM, AOL, ICQ, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype and Jabber (XMPP).

Pidgin

Pidgin for facebook chat
Although the Facebook chat is not officially allowed in pidgin but it uses a free plugin that helps you connect to your Facebook chat about it. As inDigsby, pidgin also allows you to operate your multiple Facebook accounts and chat with buddies simultaneously.

So, Pidgin or Digsby?


Well, Pidgin is just for instant messaging whereas Digsby also notifies you when a friend writes something on your wall or you get a message from Facebook email. Also, Pidgin shows all your contacts together in a big single list while Digsby group your contacts in heads as you have in the original Facebook site.
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