Chit Chat for Facebook is an IM client for Windows, which allows you to talk to your friends on Facebook without being logged in to the main site.
With Facebook Chat being plagued with many problems for users, I’ve been using various IM clients to chat to my Facebook contacts for a while (most noticeably, I use Adium as my main IM client for Mac OS X, and Trillian Astra for Windows), and was interested in how Chit Chat would perform compared with many competitors.
The interface of Chit Chat is simple, resembling how MSN Live Messenger for Windows used to look. Your contact list is split in to online and offline contacts, with pop-up windows appearing in the bottom corner of the screen, notifying you of people who are online, offline and talking to you. The main contact screen allows you to browse contact, and use the menu bar to access program preferences and check for updates.
Also, Chit Chat starts with Windows by default, so you may want to go into the preferences and disable this if you don’t plan on using it as your everyday IM client. I’d much prefer it if you were given the option to not run it with Windows in the installer, as it’s sometimes annoying to find random programs opening with the OS and slowing down startup time. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s a real annoyance if you’re not using Chit Chat regularly. Also, the pop up windows in the corner of the screen covered some of the taskbar in Windows 7, which doesn’t look great.
On a brighter note, the tabbed interface is a great feature to have when speaking to more than one person at a time, as it makes it easy to switch between conversations without having to manage many windows at a time, and the status icon flashes if there’s a message waiting for you in another conversation.
Chit Chat for Facebook is a free instant messaging software application for Windows, and if you want to try it out, it can be downloaded from their website.