Facebook Chat Has Changed… Is This Awesome?

Remember last week when Facebook announced that “something awesome” was coming… Well there’s been a change to Facebook chat and the layout of it along with some of the functionality. So, Facebook chat has changed and we want to know from you if you think this is awesome or not.

Facebook chat is one of the things that has helped the social network to grow so quickly. Now it’s had a bit of a makeover and it will undoubtedly cause a bit of an uproar as any of the changes to the site has done in the past, this is a trend that will continue to aggravate Facebook users.

Previously we had a choice of either a popout version of chat where you could talk to many people simultaneously in their own chat box, when it wasn’t in that mode you had the choice of having it online or offline in a toolbar along the bottom of the webpage. Each conversation would open its own mini tab and you could happily chat away to your friends.

The changes have made the chat box appear on the right hand side of your screens and instead of being online or offline, under the settings part you have “Available to chat” and you can either tick this if you want your Facebook pals too see your availability or un-tick it for stealth mode. You can also hide the sidebar and it will revert back to showing you how many people are online of “Offline” if you have un-ticked the availability and minimized the bar.

The way that the Facebook design team has made this new sideways chat bar is pretty cool but something we have noticed already is that you can’t see everyone that’s online as there’s no scrollbar. When you hold control and roll your mouse roller so you zoom out, all of a sudden you start seeing more people online. In other words as things stand if your first name begins with a “Z” then you aren’t going to be seen by your friends if they wanted to chat to you.

The same window down the side also displays people that are offline which seems strange, the people that appeared as offline contacts on our list are people that we talk to regularly. We also noticed that the new messaging functionality wasn’t working properly which is obviously linked to the new chat functionality. We did also see the ability to be able to add someone else to your conversation however this has since disappeared.

What do you think of the new Facebook chat? Do you like it or will you be joining a group to try and get them to change it back? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746875316 Jon ‘Jonny’ Preece

    this…sucks…i just dont get why facebook try and go backwards. it was fine, i could see a list of whos online. thats the way its done. now i have an empty list and must search by name hoping one of my 600 friends happens to be online!? what a ;load of crap

  • Jordan Monschein

    I can’t even access my chat

  • http://www.facebook.com/allodsbeel Michael Casayuran

    its not awesome, its awful :((((((((((

  • Anonymous

    not really feel different…………………………..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002443763855 Maria Nuñes

    im really not liking the new changes:( i liked it better how it was before! And not to be mean or anything if Facebook keeps making changes its going to end up like MySpace. Please Change it back to ow it was before!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001815331640 ‘ISlem’ Hk

    j’aime pas ce changement de merrrde
    je suis pour l’ancieen s’il vous palit =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001815331640 ‘ISlem’ Hk

    it really suuucckk i don’t liikee iitttt
    i wanna get back the other one =)

  • Alex Glinatsis

    It sucks. Who ever designed this should be taken out back and shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703565626 John Sullivan

    It’s awesome if you think manure is awesome.

    • Tim Ollason

      hahaha… thanks for that John!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1479248611 Jan Costanzo

      chuckled ! thanx man !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Theodore/710752941 Mike Theodore

    I think facebook might be intentionally trying to suck because it’s getting to hard to run a site where most users don’t like what they’re doing. Go down in flames?

  • http://twitter.com/MonicaRicci Monica Ricci

    Hate it. I swear, every time Facebook changes, they make it less and less intuitive to use.

  • http://twitter.com/mcflower Becka McFarland

    They’re just trying to shake thins up because Google+ is getting so many rave reviews. Instead they’re just zucking it up worse than it was before.

  • http://twitter.com/mcflower Becka McFarland

    They’re just trying to shake thins up because Google+ is getting so many rave reviews. Instead they’re just zucking it up worse than it was before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1479248611 Jan Costanzo

    invasion pf privacy by overiding privacy settings. Other’s privacy settings releases photos etc. even though our settings are friends only or private.
    Def. a bug !
    With certain browser, the on and offline features do not remain as set.
    To have this chat next to all feeds seems a waste of space and pointless.
    we should have the choice and control if we want annoying sidebar boxes on our screen or not and why it reloads when we refresh the page and when I hit HIDE it puts me as avail. to chat green dot online alerting others I am online.
    I will inform others if I so choose but to default settings and push things on users who bring the monies in for FB by using it, is unfair.
    No, life is not fair, but marketing brings FB owner monies and so, I think FB should work with it’s users.
    It is a waste and so old school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621498774 David Stevens

    I really don’t like the “new” chat. It is almost unusable for me. I have found two ways around it using either a pop out chat window or a browser add-on that reverts chat back to the old chat. Hopefully enough noise will be made so Facebook realizes it has lost touch with the way people actually use chat and make it more user friendly again instead of showing off their “awesome” new technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mia.ljungstrom Mia Ljungström

    HATE IT. And also the friendslist do not work in the new one, GRRR.

  • CherryKissies

    I hate the scrolling chat bar..I don’t give a crap about who likes what, who just changed their profile pic..who is cursing someone out..fix it..or make it where we have the option to have it..I don’t want to read what everyone one is saying to everyone else…

  • Andre

    I have a friend who is always offline on the chat, even being online. The same happens in the other way between us: I am online, and appeared offline to him. To chat with him I must guess he is online, and talk through messages instead of chat… Both of us are available to chat with each other, but none appears online to each other… boring…

    • Hiphoprohan

      same problem… 

      can u say me how to recover

  • Hiphoprohan

    it is borring and dont like this new chat it is giving me troublem … hate this

  • Rbradfield

    I hate it. When I go off facebook my friends cant reach me. The sign is always yellow. Please put it back the way it was so my friends can reach me whatever game I am on, Or tell me how to always keep it on green.