<< by on July 8th, 2011
Facebook recently released new Video Calling (read more in Tad Miller’s post: Did Facebook and Google Just Kill Off the Phone Company?), group chat and a new chat design. These features are rolling out to users now. Once you see the image below on your Facebook home page, you’ll know you’re able to activate the new chat design and group chat features.
In this case, I’ll pick on my co-worker and friend, Amanda Chaney. Click on the Settings Icon (the wheel) for more options.
Click on “Add Friends to Chat…” to start a group chat. A text box will appear.Here, I added another fellow mojo’er/friend Sarah Lokitis who recently wrote about Facebook Advertising. Click “Done” and a new window will appear with your group chat.Continue adding friends to you heart’s content. I was able to add all of Search Mojo to a chat (>14 people).
Since Facebook Messages and Chats are basically synonymous these days is this update a game changer for you? To me, this update was more of a necessity for Facebook – to remain competitive. The 750 million users on Facebook are already comfortable with the interface. And they probably check it at least once a day. Will this feature take away from your email usage? Maybe. Will it take away from your Gmail group chats? Maybe. How about Google+ Circle usage? And how many of you actually initiate group chats – regardless of the platform? The accessibility to Group Chats from Facebook’s home page might cause people to create more group messages/chats. The process of adding friends is the same in both Messages and Chat – the only main difference being the interface and ease.
For more information about these chat updates, check out InsideFacebook’s coverage – including the new Limited Availability feature on Chat. The feature allows you to appear or not appear in chat for certain Friend Lists. Stay updated about Facebook by following Search Marketing Sage’s Facebook posts and always feel free to send over questions to @ReneeRevetta or @SearchMojo on Twitter or on Facebook.