Now you can chat online with your Facebook friends but you have to open Facebook inside a web browser to do all the chatting. Some of us wish that there was a desktop client similar to MSN, Yahoo! or AIM instant messengers. If you want to chat online without opening Facebook inside a web browser, then you might like fTalk. fTalk is a Windows desktop application using which you can chat with your Facebook friends right from the Windows desktop.
fTalk is a handy and reliable utility designed to enable you to chat with your Facebook friends. fTalk started out as just a simple messenger application, but with more and more features added regularly, it is slowly becoming many people’s everyday desktop messenger application. You can download and install it from the fTalk website. During the installation, you would notice that it tries to install a toolbar which is not necessary for fTalk to work – so you may choose not to install it, if you want.
After the installation, you have to login to your Facebook account using fTalk and give permission to the fTalk application before you can use it. After the login process is complete, you would see the fTalk application. All the friends, which includes friends who are online as well as those who are offline, are shown in a list. You can search a friend by typing their name in the search box.
An fTalk icon is also shown in the notification area (also called system tray) of Windows. You can right click on it to access the context menu which lets you open Facebook in a web browser, set preferences for fTalk and open fTalk window. Whenever a friend comes online, fTalk notifies you in the bottom-right corner of your Windows desktop as shown.
To chat with an online friend, just double-click on a friend in the list shown in the fTalk windows. It would open a chat window, where you can chat with your selected friend using plain text chat or you can start a Facebook video chat. Video chat using a webcam requires that both you and your friend are using fTalk client.
fTalk is a nice, simple and easy to use desktop chat client for Facebook. Now you do not have to be distracted with all the different advertisments and messages appearing on the Facebook page. You can enjoy chatting with your Facebook friends using the fTalk application right from desktop. You can download fTalk from its web site at http://www.ftalk.com/.