5 Best Free Instant Messengers for Facebook Chat

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Here are 5 Free Instant Messengers for Facebook that let you do Facebook chat from your desktop.

Facebook chat is becoming quite popular nowadays, but the interface provided by Facebook is not the best possible. Also, sometimes you prefer to chat from desktop, instead of from inside your browser.

Here are some free facebook chat messengers to easily chat with your Facebook friends right from your desktop.

1) Yoono

Yoono is a free instant messenger for social networks. Yoono works with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, FriendFeed, and LinkedIn. Apart from social networks, Yoono also supports popular chat networks like Yahoo, Gtalk, AIM, and MSN.

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The best part of Yoono is that it is specially made for chatting on social networks. So, the features are custom designed for them.

When you update your status on Yoono, it updates that on all your networks. Apart from that, you can share links, videos, and images across all your social networks together.

Yoono shows your real time updates from your friends from all social networks.

So, if you are connected to Yoono, you can work on all your social networks from one place, and chat on all of them. This is a good Facebook messenger too.

Yoono has a desktop version that works in Windows, Linux, Mac, and even from USB drive.

Apart from that, Yoono also has a browser plugin that works in Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Try Yoono here.

2) Trillian Astra

Trillian Astra is a modern multi-protocol chat client that lets you multiple chat networks together. You can chat with your friends on Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and more. Along with that, Trillian Astra is also a great Facebook messenger that lets you chat with all your Facebook friends.

Great thing with Trillian Astra is that you can use same instant messenger to stay connected to multiple chat networks together. So, if you are logged on to Trillian Astra, your friends on Yahoo, Gtalk, and other chat networks will be able to see your online, and chat with you. No need to install multiple chat clients for different networks.

Apart from just being able to chat on Facebook, Trillian Astra also provides following Facebook specific features:

  • See your Facebook news feed.
  • Get notified on Trillian Astra when there is a new activity on your Facebook news feed.
  • Get notification when you get a new message in Facebook inbox.
  • Get Birthday reminders
  • And of course, full chat integration with Facebook chat.

The interface of Trillian Astra is very flashy, and quite become overwhelming sometimes. Try it for yourself to see if it works for you. Download Trillian Astra here.

3) Miranda IM

Miranda IM is an open source multi-protocol IM that works with multiple chat networks. Miranda IM also supports most of the popular chat networks in the same manner that Trillian Astra does.

You can use Miranda IM with Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ, and of course, Facebook.

However, one thing that really sets Miranda IM apart from Trillian Astra is its simplicity. Miranda IM has a really simple, and very intuitive interface.

You can chat with your Facebook friends easily with Miranda IM.

Some good features of Miranda IM are:

  • No need to install. Just download, and start using
  • Extend functionality with plugins
  • Very low on system resources.

If you need a simple to user Facebook messenger, try Miranda IM here.

4) ChitChat

Chit Chat is another free Facebook chat messenger. Chit Chat scores really high in terms of easy of use. After installing Chit Chat, you can directly login with your Facebook id, and start chatting with your Friends on facebook.

Chit Chat comes with a nice tabbed chat window, that lets you easily chat with multiple friends at once from same window.

Try Chit Chat for Facebook here.

5) Scrapboy

Scrapboy is another social netwok instant messenger. Scrapboy works with Facebook, Myspace, and Orkut. Scrapboy provides an easy to use Facebook chat, and lets you track your news feed, and update your status on Facebook.

The fact that Scrapboy works with Orkut as well is a nice feature, as there aren’t many Facebook chat messengers out there that support Orkut too. Try Scrapboy here.

Apart from these you can also try some web based instant messenger to chat on Facebook.

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  • Ummm where's Digsby or Pidgin?? I've used both and they're great! I do prefer Digsby over Pidgin though.

    • @Aaron: They were in my list of Facebook messengers, but they did not come in Top 5.

      • May I ask what kept Digsby from the Top 5?

        • @Aaron: just the fact that I believe that the 5 featured here are better than Digsby for Facebook messaging. Digsby is really good if you need something to support multiple chat networks, but Digsby does not have lot of Facebook specific features. Digsby doesn't even supports Facebook out of the box, you have to install plugin to use Digsby as Facebook messenger.

          • I completely understand what you mean, but I think you may be getting Digsby confused with Pidgin. Pidgin does need a plug-in and you're right it also doesn't have much integration with Facebook. However, Digsby does integrate directly with Facebook as far as providing updates in the news feed and even having an app so people on your Facebook page or even your blog and chat directly with you in real time right off the site without the need to download it. Maybe you're like me where you have used it, but haven't recently. I just switched back to it about 2 months ago and it really works! It's not just Facebook either, It works with twitter, linkedin, myspace even your webmail clients. The ones you listed probably have more features for only Facebook, but Digsby has been making some ground. Great post though! I follow you guys quite a bit.

          • @Aaron: You are absolutely right that my previous comment was for Pidgin and not Digsby :) And you are right about Digsby that I had used it some time back, and not recently.

            I checked the Digsby website again for features, and let me say that it should have come in this list, and probably right after Trillian Astra. I will update this article and add Digsby also to it.

            Thanks for pointing that out :)

          • Yeah no problem! Glad to have helped. The social networking integration of Digsby has gotten a lot better and I have really liked where it has gone! I actually am thinking of posting about all it's new features on my blog sometime in the future as well. I really like your website here. It doesn't seem too popular yet, but it's got great content!

            By the way just out of curiosity (and this is off topic) how do you track all your comments? I am looking for something that can track comments on all blogs that I comment on no matter if it's mine. CNET or on this one. Is there something like that?

          • @Aaron: I am not aware of any such commenting utility. There are multiple comment software that websites use, like IntenseDebate, Disqus etc. So, if you have a profile with each of these, then you can track comments posted on all the websites that use these software. Still, there isnt any global solution.

          • Thanks again for the reply! Shortly after I asked that I actually found something that fits my needs! It's called co.mments. Basically it tracks the new comments on any site that you set it to track. You do need an account, but after that is set up all you do is simply drag the a bookmarklet into your bookmarks bar and when you're on a site you want to track you just click it and it automatically adds it to your profile. Maybe you have heard of it. It's pretty nice.

          • @Aaron: This is a really interesting find :) Use it for sometime, and let me know how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

  • nice

  • thanks, nice share…. but i cannot connect to fb…

  • Ravikant Yadav

    Can you give me a software link for Facebook chat.
    who can login bypass from a Firewall.

  • JaciaraSantos

    fTalk is the best free Facebook chat messenger application.

  • JaciaraSantos


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