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Facebook Chat Has Changed… Is This Awesome?

July 7, 2021 | Tim Ollason
 

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Reynolds/604742385 Sean Reynolds

    Change it back

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Houseman/1522943122 Danny Houseman

    I dont getthe point of telling us how many people are online when you click on it you have to actively search for a friend on the off chance they are online i prefered the old stlye much better

  • Tim Ollason

    I think this is maybe just them testing it out, they will probably bring in a scrollbar so you can see who else is online. At the moment the way things are they will again be pushing people away from Facebook… Google+’s gain…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Becky-Verrall/1670626767 Becky Verrall

    i dont like it, too many people that are offline are visable so what is the point cos you can’t chat to them!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1577553231 Holly Parker

    i hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you cant see everyone whos online without zooming out!!!!!! stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!! :@

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Davis/100000383793815 Alan Davis

    Total Rubbish. I only want to see if friends are online. If their name isn’t there then its ruddy obvious. They ARE OFF LINE!. Change it back. Whoever thought of this idea and then didn’t complete the ability to scroll (not that I want to) obviously likes doing only half the job and leaving others to pick up the ‘rubbish’ (politely put).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Davis/100000383793815 Alan Davis

    Total Rubbish. I only want to see if friends are online. If their name isn’t there then its ruddy obvious. They ARE OFF LINE!. Change it back. Whoever thought of this idea and then didn’t complete the ability to scroll (not that I want to) obviously likes doing only half the job and leaving others to pick up the ‘rubbish’ (politely put).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002318821578 Mark Guzik

    Worst idea ever. I think Facebook should just go back to what it had two days ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.faull Richard Faull

    I just did what you suggested and CTRL and zoom out yes you can see more but only if you have a magnifying glass, what I have is ChitChat for facebook now running at the same time and thats works fine..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027925791 Jeannie Thibault

    I love the idea of facebook/skype but I HATE THE CHAT BAR ON THE SIDE CONSTANTLY ROLLING…IT IS VERY ANNOYING!

  • Clemens Pohl

    Change it back, goddamit!!!!

  • Mikael Gignac

    you know what? IM ON GOOGLE+ :D

  • Ioan Hancu

    LMAO, yeah same here. Google+ is so much better than Facebook. I cant stop laughing that this CRAP is their special feature they announced to counter Google+

  • http://www.facebook.com/RyanWalkerGazelleInteractive Ryan Walker

    facebook really bombed on this one,, it sucks so bad, you cant see everyone thats online,,, Google + All the way now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RyanWalkerGazelleInteractive Ryan Walker

    facebook really bombed on this one,, it sucks so bad, you cant see everyone thats online,,, Google + All the way now!

  • Abijit Saha

    CHANGE IT BACKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!! I TOTALLLY HATE ITTTTTTTTT CANT C EVERY!!!

  • http://wpwebhost.com Richard

    This facebook chat makes no sense at all.. Where’s the scroll bar and I totally agree with the one that is really offline but ended up on the sidebar.. Not the one that is idle but the one that is OFFLINE… To the facebook team… Is this some April Fool prank you are trying to play here because just in case you forgot it’s already 8th of July in Tokyo and Independence Day is on the July 4th so this joke doesn’t work on either one of these days!!!!

  • http://wpwebhost.com Richard

    This facebook chat makes no sense at all.. Where’s the scroll bar and I totally agree with the one that is really offline but ended up on the sidebar.. Not the one that is idle but the one that is OFFLINE… To the facebook team… Is this some April Fool prank you are trying to play here because just in case you forgot it’s already 8th of July in Tokyo and Independence Day is on the July 4th so this joke doesn’t work on either one of these days!!!!

  • http://wpwebhost.com Richard

    at least test something that is workable instead of giving us rubbish.. definitely Google+’s gain mate.. it’s so Obvious..

  • http://www.facebook.com/seantreason Sean Aird

    I don’t have people that I converse with frequently, save for maybe 3 people. Usually I see who is online, and chat with whoever is there. I wouldn’t mind the sidebar if it weren’t “dynamic” and just showed all my friends at once. As it stands, I’ve been typing each letter of the alphabet in to the search bar to see who is online, and I must say, it’s quite annoying. This sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Ya it is ok if they would let you sort online from offline and not some big list. Gonna have to say facebook screwed up again, can not wait to try google+

  • pinku bose

    it’s ok but my sidebar has disappered.the profile and account page are not coming

  • pinku bose

    ya they have not fixed the bugs.this scrolling thing to get everything is really disturbing,,,hate it

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonu.3291 Shubham Agrawal

    d main problem is we cud not see our online frnds in one go……dat is a big big bug…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mendel-Jedwab/1648947199 Mendel Jedwab

    The group chat has been moved under the tools icon. dumb move

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdgrossman9 Josh Grossman

    its crap that i cant see my online friends, hope they fix this and why do i have a news feed on the right side all of a sudden? it makes no sense to have two news feeds when you log on?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmz2012 Jimmz Gargaritano Sibala

    No scrollbar!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670796365 Kristin Arioli

    Epic FAIL! I HATE IT! WTF was wrong w/ the way it was before???? FACEBOOK DESIGNERS YOU SUCK

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wadewilz Wade Wilson

    Just another issue, when I click “Tools” I see “The Facebook Team”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000359222267 Katie Lund

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!! IT WAS FINE BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHANGE IT BACK!!!

  • Anonymous

    This change is an epic fail….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519356189 Sophie Moody

    Going to be honest, I hate this new feature, why show me people I talk to most if they are offline and I can’t talk to them anyway, I like the idea that you can have group chats but apart from that I hate it. I think you should keep the new group and video chat function but go back to the old chat. It’s so much better and more practical. I know for a fact I am not the only person who thinks this.

  • Tim Ollason

    It’s just a shame that Facebook didn’t cater for its audiences needs. In my previous place of work i would never have allowed a buggy release to happen on my system…. Personally, i see this as an epic fail on the part of Facebook… Surely you would test this in an offline version of your site, then once you are happy with it you would load the same thing with all the bug fixes into the production website, the actual live one… seems crazy to me.

    The other thing is some people are happily still going with the old version…. now that makes this even more annoying!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/augustine.marin Jan Augustine Marin

    Hate this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ankitbansalcool09 Ankit Bansal

    hiiiiiiii guy’ssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • kieran_440

    Why would you change this? I want to be able to talk to people I want, not ones which Facebook wants, people I never speak to are appearing and I can’t speak to people I want to. This is the worst idea ever..

  • http://www.facebook.com/saishanel Sai Shanel Reyes

    I hate it!… Change it Back!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/saishanel Sai Shanel Reyes

    I hate it!… Change it Back!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/saishanel Sai Shanel Reyes

    I hate it!… Change it Back!…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGFH4EPDTU6ESBLL5UQ2O4ACPU George Budihas

    Jeannie!!!!!! No more FB for me!!!! Been hacked again!!!!! Contact me with my new e-mail… starlightpsycho55@yahoo.com. (Jack Tucker) :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/del.engen Del Engen

    I liked the way I was able to see my friend groups in the old version. Also: No scrollbar? WTF? This is a very disappointing update, and makes Google+ more attractive. TIme to check out Google+

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2S572ZLXPAACRCPK52IWCEVLI JanetS

    HATE IT!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rikard.johansen Rikard Johansen

    new chat god damn sucks big time

  • http://twitter.com/Kratique Kratique

    hate it…how come for this version?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AndreDias5 Dédé Dias

    Really bad!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18908693 Ciara Scott

    HATE IT! this was probably FB worst idea

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000777833315 Fredrik Kristiansen

    just negative comments about the update…facebook, please start to think ? people dislikes your new update and you should bring back the old / atleast give us a scrollbar so we can see who is online and not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helen-Griffis/685588536 Helen Griffis

    return to the old please…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helen-Griffis/685588536 Helen Griffis

    just awful hope it gets changed back to the old way

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DGVDRBJ4E5EQYWNGOK5VDAJIE Flávia R

    The new chat is awful. I dont want to fb select who appears on that right side. They say it’s the ppl you interact most but NON of those who are there are ppl I have chatted in the last 6 months. Another epic FAIL from this stupid company. I’m hell tired of they updates that makes this /&&T((==%¤ site more and more boring and not so nice. I’m just waiting to google+ become widespread avaliable and most likely will be “bye bye I won’t miss you fb”

  • Anonymous

    Please change it back to the old way. I get messages in chat constantly and they always show up in my message inbox, which is quite annoying. also i want to see all the persons who are online and not just a few of them. the people that are in the chat box are not even the ones i often talk to, so i agree with the other people who mentioned this here. I would be very happy if we could have a scrollbar so that you can see all the people who are online. also it would be nice if changes on facebook were a little more useful, for example status updates in the chatbox (available, busy etc.). Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/or2929 Orna Dan

    nopp sorry dont like it!! change it back like before!!
    i’d like to see who is on line, when i’m on line, also i did make a list of a friend
    who i dont want to see me on like and now its gone

  • http://www.facebook.com/or2929 Orna Dan

    on line** sorry

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001928088187 Michael Hecht

    I hate it, it artificially limits which of my friends I see online. Some of my friends don’t sign on very often, and with this, I DON’T GET TO SEE THAT THEY SIGNED ON. This is a horrible and unnecessary downgrade. If they’d have at least kept the box of online friends on the left side of the screen that wouldn’t be so bad, but they eliminated that too. Why? To mess with us? Or because they want to get rid of users? Since FB chat is my prime reason for having FB open, and being exposed to their advertisers, I’m one less person to view there ads.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tim Ollason

    hahaha… thanks for that John!

  • 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=1479248611 Jan Costanzo

    chuckled ! thanx man !