Facebook Messages Is Now Easier To Use Thanks To New Design

Facebook Messages, which has been the stuck-in-2004 ugly big sister to the already-butt-ugly Facebook Chat, actually looks sort of usable now thanks to a new two-panel design.

The design is similar to the one used by other online web clients, like AIM and Apple's new default IM layout in Messages. Instead of the old just-the-messages, click-to-go-back-to-a-list layout, you can now just click on your friends' names on the left side of the screen.

The old Facebook Messages layout.

Other additions are being able to embed multiple pictures in a single message, and some new keyboard shortcuts. It's rolling out starting now, so you might not have the new layout right away. But once you do, it might actually be a reason to use Messages on Facebook for once. [Facebook via TNW]



    Ah, but have they separated chat from messages again yet? Because that's my biggest gripe at the moment, I'll use Trillian to connect to Facebook chat, and then when I log into the web page, I have notifications saying I have messages in my inbox. But they're not messages, it's actually a chat log.

      I've never had that problem with chat clients. It's always marked the chat messages as read for me (using IM+ on iOS, or Live Messenger/Messaging on Windows)

    And when are AIM and Apple going to sue because it's similar?

    at least ir got an update..

    what really got me was when EVERYONE started using facebook chat instead of other better IM clients. i guess they spend like 5 hours a day on facebook. so why bother changing to something like Skype right?


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