Facebook has released a new version of the Facebook application for the iPhone which is available to be installed tomorrow at the launch of the new iPhone. The application includes chat which means you will be able to chat with all of your Facebook friends while on the go. Personally, I think this is a big deal because you will have instant access to all of your friends who are on Facebook. Does this spell the death of SMS?
Probably not but with this embedded chat application I could definitely see SMS becoming less necessary as your friends become increasingly connected. Other features of the application include a friend phonebook and a number of features previously included on Facebook mobile applications including inbox access, friend status updates and profile access. The inclusion of chat on this application is a big deal though and I expect it to help Facebook chat become more widespread.
I’m currently an active Facebook chat user and I know a number of my friends use it regularly as well. It’s a quick and easy way to get in contact with those friends that you don’t have saved on your general buddy list. Unfortunately I only have the screenshot provided in the apple store but once the iPhone comes out tomorrow it will be easier to get better screenshots.