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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why AIM with Facebook is important

Today, we release the first beta of a bunch of our AIM products which adds official support for Facebook chat! I'm personally very excited about this, as my team works on AIM Express, and we had a blast adding Facebook chat support!

"Official" is the big keyword here. Up until now chat programs that have had "Facebook chat" support have often accomplished this by reverse engineering how the Facebook chat website works. It's really important for us to do this via official means, so that AIM and Facebook can work together to deliver a great experience.

One of the great things about official Facebook chat support in AIM is that we are helping make Facebook Chat available outside of Facebook's site and mobile apps!. If you use AIM for iPhone, for example, your Facebook friends will see you online more often and be able to IM you wherever you are!

Add to that the fact that we show your Facebook news feed and it ends up being pretty awesome way to experience Facebook:

I'd love to hear your feedback on AIM Express. You don't have to install anything. Just visit the beta site and click the green button!


Blogger unhuman said...

Looks great! I'll be using this - a lot! Congrats & thanks.

5:11 PM

Blogger Chris Wetherell said...

Trying out AIM Express as a late adopter. Seems like it's developed a lot further than its "Express" moniker would indicate. Neat. Congratulations on this - must've been hard work.

(I'm seeing some odd menu items like "Dev: Re-enable FB Promo". Ok to assume these are just left-over from development?)

12:47 AM

Blogger riz said...

Thanks for the feedback on AIM Express!

Working on AE has been awesome. It's fun to work on software which has some personality.

Sorry you had to see the odd menu items, yes they definitely are leftovers from dev!

We're going to be refresh the production version of AE soon, I hope.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated. I definitely care that people enjoy using AE.

9:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Riz. Is there any documentation on this or the new AIM protocol since after viewing the old OSCAR protocol it would appear that the method for sig_sha256 has changed? After trying many attempts, I just keep getting Authentication Error.

Many thanks

5:34 PM


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