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Facebook Apps Get More Social with Chat

Facebook has launched the ability to let users chat within applications on Facebook. This keeps applications within the social network even more social.

If a developer uses the new fb:chat-invite FBML tag, they can display a list of users’ online friends and let them invite their friends to chat. Developers can also give users the freedom to choose which friends they want to appear in their chat lists within the apps.

Chatting from Your Google Homepage
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Gmail chat has come to iGoogle. This means users will be able to chat with their friends and associates without leaving the comfort of their Google homepage.

The feature is not a gadget like most of your iGoogle features. The chat feature comes in the form of a sidebar and resides below the left-hand navigation menu.

Meebo Gets Facebook Back
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UPDATE: Meebo has now announced that Facebook is back on. Seth at the Meebo Blog writes:

After some hard work from the folks here at Meebo and help from a whole host of people at Facebook, we now have Facebook back in Meebo.

Plus, Meebo is now the first launch partner of the “alpha” version of the Facebook Connect + Chat integration. That’s pretty cool.

Yahoo Mail Classic Gets Chatty
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Yahoo announced that it now offers an SMS chat feature in its classic version of Yahoo Mail, something Gmail has been offering for several months, and Yahoo has been doing in its newer version since 2007.

Google has offered SMS in its chat since October, and Chat in general for quite some time. They have also launched voice and video chat recently.

Yahoo Messenger Gets An Update
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Yahoo has released an update of its Messenger version 9.0. The new version, as highlighted on the Yahoo Messenger Blog, includes:

Meebo Brings MySpace and Facebook Together
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Instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo is now allowing users to communicate with each other through both MySpace and Facebook IDs as well as all the other ones previously supported, like AIM, Yahoo, Google, MSN, Jabber, ICQ, etc.

Text Messaging Right From Gmail
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Gmail has introduced a new Labs feature that allows users to send SMS text messaages to their contacts directly from Gmail. This will help stay in touch with people you have been chatting with in Gmail if they are away from their computer.

To utilize this feature:

1. Click on Settings
2. Got to the Labs tab
3. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat"
4. Select Enable
5. Save Changes

Meebo and Universal to Put Fans in Touch with Musicians
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Universal Music Group and instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo have partnered up to offer an interactive experience between users and musicians. If you are not familiar with Meebo, it allows users to sign in through other services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Web Messenger.

Hope You Weren’t Too Attached to Twitter Instant Messaging

TwitterIt seems like Twitter is always acknowledging its shortcomings and apologizing for them. Some might take this as a weakness, but I tend to look at it admirably. Not many companies would be so straightforward when it comes to taking responsibility for their missteps.

iSkoot Brings Social Networking IMs to Mobile with Ex-Facebook App
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iSkoot, a company that is known for its solutions for the use of VoIP on mobile devices, is looking to branch out its services, and is doing so with its purchase of social network IM client Social.IM. Social.IM gained some popularity as a way for Facebook users to chat, but Facebook eventually released their own application for this purpose.

Facebook Acquiring IM Service?

I take one weekend off the Internet, and everything goes crazy. Can’t you people get on without me?

Open AIM to include ad sharing

Developers working with the Open AIM platform will have the option to pull in some revenue through a new program expected to debut next month.

Baidu Readies Instant Messaging Service

People who are counting the ways in which Baidu has beaten Google may soon have to make one more tally mark; reports state that the Chinese giant is testing an instant messaging service.

AIM Opens Real-Time IM Feature

Through work with Galludet University and the University of Wisconsin’s Trace Center, AOL crafted a new deafness-friendly feature for AIM.

Teens Use IMs To Avoid Awkward Conversations

A new Associated Press-AOL Instant Messaging Trends Survey released today finds that forty-three percent of teen IM users have used instant messaging to say something they would not say to someone in person.

Microsoft Confirms New Messenger for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed that a new version of its Messenger instant messaging software will ship with and when Mac Office 2008 hits stores.

While we don’t know anything about features, or even if it’ll be named Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger (presumably the new name, though), at least Mac fans are getting a new version.

Is IM coming to Facebook?

Sam Sethi at Blognation UK has a scoop: apparently, he got a preview of a new instant messaging app for Facebook — and according to his description, it doesn’t require you to download or install anything, or to register, as many Facebook apps do.

You just sign in and use it. At the risk of sounding like a Facebook fan-boy, I think this could be huge.

Google Addresses IM Etiquette

We’ve come to think of Googlers as cool people, as smart people, and above all, as tech-savvy people.  I’m not here to challenge that perception, but a new post on the Official Google Australia Blog implies that Google’s employees deal with some of the same crap as the rest of us.  The topic of the post?  IM etiquette.

Meebo, Google Talk Gaining On AIM, MSN
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Though they have a long way to go (a really long way), instant messaging services that offer chat or multimedia chat functionalities are growing the fastest among IM providers, according to new numbers from Nielsen//NetRatings.

MySpace Launches Beta Instant Messaging
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MySpace has officially announced the beta launch of their instant messaging service, MySpaceIM.

MySpace China To Launch IM Service

MySpace may soon launch a new instant messaging service, but to use it, you’ll probably have to watch what you say.  And you may have to speak Chinese, as well – it’s MySpace China that plans to do this deed.

Instant Messaging For Myspace
Instant Messaging For Myspace

According to a Reuters article, “News Corp.-invested MySpace China aims to launch an online messaging service ‘as soon as possible,’ its CEO said on Wednesday, as the venture fights for a bigger share of the world’s second-largest Internet market.”