Posts Tagged ‘Facebook Chat’

Piece By Piece Facebook Is Dying…& Promoters Are Killing It

May 1, 2013 8 comments

Facebook Messenger Preformatted Promoter Chat Message

Promoters are killing Facebook. Someone make them stop, please.

One of the greatest features about Facebook which I use above all else on the site is the Messaging/Chat app and feature. But promoters seem to want to kill it and drive it to irrelevancy as quickly as they did Events. Exhibit A is above. This really happened and I am still waiting for his response. (I don’t actually expect one.)

In February 2011, @unmarketing aka Scott Stratten wrote a blog post “How We Are Killing Facebook” which talked about how people are killing Facebook by creating what he called “event apathy.” Essentially, event apathy is caused by people using Facebook to invite others to events that are just completely not targeted towards them (be it due to them living thousands of miles away from the event, being not interested in the topic, or being outside the target demographic, among a host of other reasons). Because of this, as Scott mentions, many people have begun to ignore Facebook Event invites to the point that the function may not as well be on Facebook at all. I know I turned my event notifications off months ago because, quite frankly, they were getting too darn annoying and were draining my cell phone’s battery. I’ve had people miss events that I invited them to that I know they would have loved coming to because they simply didn’t see the invite. I know a number of people who have once again begun using services such as Evite or Paperless Post because they know we still check our emails but ignore Facebook events.

Who is to blame for this? Scott doesn’t really narrow it down in his post but I am going to because they are the worst offenders: Promoters.

Before I go on let me be clear I have nothing against promoters. Heck, I am currently partially responsible for running one group’s Twitter account: @ElevateUrNight where I am making it more awesome and less spammy than any other promoter’s Twitter feed I have ever seen. Go on, check it out, I’ll wait right here. Read more…

Facebook Messenger Beta For Windows 7 – I *LOVE* It!

January 18, 2012 6 comments

Facebook Windows 7 Messenger  Windows

I recently read about the release of a special beta of the new Facebook Messenger for Windows. This program for Windows 7 is standalone (it does not require your browser to be open) and yet leaves your Facebook Messenger open. Facebook Messenger aka Facebook Chat is honestly one of the primary reasons I still keep Facebook open on my computer and in my browser and this new little program gave me one less tab open in Chrome which I must say excited me. Immediately I went to – the info page about this new tool – and downloaded this application for my computer via the page which is linked on the “Help” page.

Facebook Messenger for Windows Notification in Taskbar

One huge thing – which seems simple but this is a program which solves a pure #FirstWorldProblem – is that because the program sits in your Windows 7 taskbar (at the bottom of the screen between the “tray” – where the time and date are – and the Start menu button) it responds like any other opened program or application. It lights up yellow (or whatever color your theme defines) and you can actually really notice it and find it easily. As well, I am a huge fan of Windows shortcuts. One of my main go to Windows shortcuts has always been ALT+TAB to quickly switch between running programs. Because my Facebook Messenger is now an entirely different entity running on my computer in of itself I can now quickly switch between, say, writing a blog post like this one and chatting all without touching the mouse! So much more efficient I love it!!!

If you are running Windows 7 and the messenger/chat is one of the primary reasons you use Facebook I highly recommend downloading this program.

How To: Add People To A Group Message/Chat On Facebook

July 18, 2011 8 comments

A bunch of friends of mine and I are in the midst of planning a trip with a group of friends via Facebook. The method that was decided upon was a Group Message (which can also be turned into a Group Chat). In the planning of this trip every now and again someone has felt we should add another person to our plans  and every time someone wants to add another person to the group of boys coming out the same thing was repeated:

“Can someone add X to this group? I don’t know how.”

Turns out, I was the only one who knew how to do this so I figured a how to on my blog might be in order.

There are actually 2 different places – in Messages and in Chat that this can be done and it can be done, by my count, 3 different ways.  I will start with the Messages area of Facebook.

To add people from within the Messages area of Facebook: Read more…

New Facebook Chat Sidebar = Dislike

July 16, 2011 6 comments

I logged into Facebook today and saw that they had started a new version of the Facebook Chat. This new version included a sidebar which doesn’t allow you to scroll through the people who are online, includes a list of people who Facebook generates based on who they believe “you’ve interacted with most frequently or recently on Facebook.” As well, “[s]ince it updates dynamically, you can’t manually add friends to the list.” This is according to the “Using The Sidebar” article in Facebook Help.

The weirdest part of this is that that is all the information they will give you about how the list is generated. They don’t tell you what Facebook considers “interacted with.” Does it mean people who invite me to events that I never go to? Does it mean people who tag me in pictures I am not actually in? Does it mean people I don’t actually interact with? (The latter seems to be the case, by the way.)

Also, what is going on with the fact that it doesn’t show you only online people? Why would you do that Facebook? If I want to message someone who isn’t on Facebook Chat I am perfectly capable of composing a new message to them in the Messages area of Facebook. I don’t need you to show them in a list of people for me to instant message. In fact, at one point tonight when there was 29 people showing in my list 15 of them were online. Why would Facebook show me 14 people who weren’t online to ‘instant message’, to me this just seems idiotic. No longer can we scroll down our list of people who are online, we can only see the people online who Facebook wants us to see – unless we use the search option at the bottom of the list.

Sorry Facebook but I got to say – this is an epic fail. I hope you change our Chat back to normal. After the massive success you had with the great implementation of video chat this is just sad to see.

Anyone else have a completely different opinion on this? Do you like the new Facebook Chat introduced today?

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