Facebook to Launch Jabber Support for Chat

Since Facebook Chat launched a few weeks ago, chat application developers have been clamoring for the ability to integrate Facebook Chat into their apps via Jabber/XMPP. Tonight, Facebook will announce upcoming support for a Jabber interface to Facebook Chat that will allow users of third parties to:

  • Chat with your friends inside Facebook from the client of your choosing
  • See which of your friends are online and view their profile pictures
  • Set your status

Jabber support marks a major step forward in the evolution of Facebook Chat. Some applications, like Adium and Digsby, have already launched Facebook integration even though the company has not officially launched Jabber support.

However, Facebook hopes that application developers will take chat in new and creative directions given their ability to plug into Facebook’s already vibrant platform. New kinds of real-time applications are now possible given access to Facebook’s social graph. For example, Facebook chat client Social.im could help Facebook app developers reach users when they’re not on Facebook with new kinds of “system tray” notifications. Xfire, an IM client for gamers, could do the same. Where do you want to see Facebook chat integration?

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14 Responses to “Facebook to Launch Jabber Support for Chat”

  1. daProject says:

    any idea of timescale?

  2. Breaking: Facebook Jabber Compatibility to Be Announced Tonight says:

    [...] new chat program in a lot of new places?  Signs seem to indicate that as a distinct possibility.  Justin Smith was first to report today that Facebook is intending to announce later this evening that their chat protocol will be able to [...]

  3. Facebook Building Jabber-Based Chat says:

    [...] online, talk to them, and even alter their own status from a remote Jabber-based application. The Inside Facebook blog broke word of the news prior to its official announcement on the Facebook Developers’ [...]

  4. Coming Soon: Jabber Support for Facebook Chat says:

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  5. May 14, 2008 | next media update says:

    [...] Facebook to Launch Jabber Support for Chat INSIDE FACEBOOK Since Facebook Chat launched a few weeks ago, chat application developers have been clamoring for the ability to integrate Facebook Chat into their apps via Jabber/XMPP. Tonight, Facebook will announce upcoming support for a Jabber interface to Facebook Chat that will allow users of third parties to: Chat with your friends inside Facebook from the client of your choosing; See which of your friends are online and view their profile pictures; Set your status. Jabber support marks a major step forward in the evolution of Facebook Chat. Some applications, like Adium and Digsby, have already launched Facebook integration even though the company has not officially launched Jabber support. Source> [...]

  6. Lewis says:

    “Where do you want to see Facebook chat integration?”

    On my blackberry!

  7. Yon says:

    Ok, Jabber support… but which server/port/user?

    Also, the integration in Adium and Digsby was around AJAX reversal engineering, not Jabber.

  8. Daniel says:

    This announcement is over 6 months old. Have you forgotten about it?

  9. Facebook Chat: Latest Stats & What’s Coming Next says:

    [...] Jabber support [...]

  10. dixon fierro says:

    bailar jugar y hacer loquras

  11. Facebook Chat Launching Jabber Support Soon? says:

    [...] has been working on Jabber support for Facebook Chat for a while, but it appears the service may be closer to launching. IM server [...]

  12. Hugh Isaacs II says:

    Beautiful news, I thought they’d given up on the idea.

    Hopefully this will get AOL and Microsoft to return to working on Jabber support for AIM and Live messenger.

  13. Carmen Estremera says:

    can not chat on face book

  14. Chat with me: The failure trap for chat apps says:

    [...] XMPP, and different vendors have tried committing to them.  But it has always been half hearted: when Facebook released Jabber compatibility for its chat application years ago, it did so without encryption—a move that could be considered [...]

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