If there’s one thing the world needs, it’s yet another instant messaging service. Okay, that was sarcastic! What we really need are better ways for the existing IM services to work together. Anyway, TechCrunch reported today that Facebook is getting ready to launch its own instant messaging service:
Our understanding is that the service will be built into user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends.
Also, just to be clear, I have not heard that Facebook intends to launch any desktop software around this.
I’m not sure who this is intended for. Everyone I would talk to on instant messaging I already have on Windows Live Messenger. And WLM is an excellent piece of desktop software! I’m not sure if you’ve used meebo, but I have, and while it is cool, it’s just not the best experience for IM.
Maybe they want to add this just to try and move more communication onto Facebook, as Nick O’Neill wrote about today.
Would you use Facebook IM? I think I’d definitely try it, but I doubt I’d start using it regularly.