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Is Facebook Really Going Back In Time?
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Is Facebook Really Going Back In Time?

It’s rumoured that facebook is in the process of building a new section to it’s already mighty powerful platform, however this new feature is nothing new (to a certain extent) the concept facebook is toying with is a good old fashioned chat room!.

Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark the in thing to do was to use a chat room usually provided by AOL , Yahoo or MSN you could type talk with people from around the world.

Many people loved using chat rooms but over the years this market has declined and from my own experience I can't remember the last time I used one with so many options available to the modern surfer is this really a good idea or a stroke of genius by the social network masters.

The facebook project is nick named “Host Chat” and the basic idea is that you can set up your own personal chat room hosted on facebook and title the room something like “New Movies” then you can invite friends to join the discussion and block the trouble makers giving you control to chat about the subject in hand.

One unique feature could be the ability to see the story in your news feed and for people to have the ability to request to join but at this point it’s not entirely clear what options will be available.This is an interesting move by facebook it seems googles hangouts has inspired the team to look at other options of interaction between it’s users and keeping users on the site for as long as possible is the aim of this game.

But are both sites going a step to far? Are they loosing focus? Or creating something so new it’s difficult to see the end result?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

From my own point of view if this did get launched and rolled out across all of facebook I think it would be a good idea to have it as an add on to your fan page, all you would need to do is log onto facebook, go to fan page and start a new chat of the day for example, I have a food fan page all my followers love food (most people do anyway) and we could have a brain storming session about Mexican appetisers!

I’ve already started implementing this feature using google hangouts but my audience is very different to facebook so this chat room addition would work well for me and my own business and I am sure a lot of other people and companies will do the same.

An aspect I’ve only just thought of is the ability to gain new customers or followers if the system does share information about the chat room in the news feed then friends of friends would be able to see you are using it and possible get involved but this would probably depend on 1. Your subject and 2. how interesting it is to anyone.

If you are not from the age of the dial up modem and are unfamiliar with chat rooms and how they work you can still find a wide range of sites offering a chat room facility but in a nut shell you simply create an account with the host, view a list of themed rooms available and click to enter.

Once you are in the room you will notice a large feed, user list and usually at the bottom a place to enter text, simply read what people are talking about and start typing with your own opinion.


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