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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Importance Of Facebook In In Communicating With Other People

By Harry Pelham

There are a lot of ways for people to chat with each other online. There are browser-based systems as well as stand-alone software packages that you can use. Google has a chat feature through Gmail and Yahoo Messenger has been a staple in chat software for many years. But no chatting method can hold a candle to Facebook's integrated social chat.

By making chat a part of their website, Facebook has brought online social networking to a whole new level. Here are a few reasons why it became so popular:

Everybody uses Facebook. There is no need to download a new program or to sign up for a new service; since most of your friends already have one, it makes it easier to communicate with them.

You have to worry about screen names on Facebook or whether or not someone uses the same chat software you do. Everybody's using Facebook so you can talk to everyone at the same time.

The last reason is probably what makes Facebook chat so popular, and why it has the opportunity to do so much better than other services.

Another thing that makes Facebook chat so great is the fact that people usually stay on Facebook for hours at a time. If you use your e-mail to chat, odds are you are only on it when you're checking your e-mail; it doesn't make you very available.

Most people have Facebook up for as long as they're on their computers. They minimize the window as they do other work and check in periodically. This makes them easier to reach and makes Facebook chat that much more effective.

Finally, Facebook is not hard to use. There is no complicated interface to learn or a bunch of extra upgrades to apply. This makes Facebook chat appealing to a wide variety of social circles, from the computer geeks to people who are just starting out.

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