New Facebook Chat - I See No One Online!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kolax, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I opted in for the video whatever for Facebook chat. Not sure if it is related to that. Anyhow, I got a message where my contacts would usually be listed, and it detailed how only contacts I speak to regularly will be listed, and if I want to speak to someone else, I just search for them.

    Well, that whole system is stupid - I just want an online/offline system.. I don't want it to decide who is in my regular list or not!

    My problem is my chat says I have 18 people online, yet it won't list any. I'm sure it's related to this new stupid system, and 4 of those 18 I was speaking to earlier!

    Anyone else experiencing this?
  2. MacInCanada macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2011
    I had the same problem until I clicked "help" on the bottom left of the homepage. It came up again and asked me to click "try it now"!
  3. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Yeah, it's not related to video chat, but rather to their new system of chatting.

    It puts a floating pane on the right side with all your "frequent" contacts, and some online ones. (I have no idea how it chooses..). The others you have to search for.
  4. tablo13 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I don't know because I don't talk to that many people on Facebook, but does hiding the sidebar solve the problem? It seems like it shows the online people on the left side of the page like it used to.
  5. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    Threw me for a loop at first, too. Had to click on the "Try It" thingy on the right side of the FB page. Shows some of my friends (not all, and I don't how they determine which ones), and a blue dot for those currently online. Click on a name with a blue dot and the chat appears at the bottom of the page as before. To me, it is easier to read who is on rather than hovering over each icon to see who's there.
  6. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    I can't stand it, and the way facebook has been going (practically every change seems like it's for the worse) I'm starting to search for a google+ invite.

    It's really pretty worthless now, just because I don't talk to some of my friends frequently doesn't mean that I don't want to know if they're online :mad:.
  7. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
  8. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Yeah, I hate that new design. I found you can see online people on the left sidebar if you hide the right one : Friends on Chat, but that thing doesn't always work properly for me.

    It's such a bad design, why are they calling it chat if most of the people on it are offline? Also why does it move the whole webpage to the left when opening the sidebar?

    This is actually really stupid, groups were working well if you had lots of people offline, heck they could have added they're magical AI group of people you should want to talk to as a group. Either way, hope they ditch it, bring back the older one or something better.
  9. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Yeah, I hate the new design. Facebook has been trying to follow the "you must constantly innovate and change to stay relevant" mantra of business. But the thing is, the vast majority of people I know wanted it to stay just like it was a couple of years ago. I know that I have not liked any new "feature" they have put on the site in a while. I long for the version about 18 months ago. It was so much easier to it's just a pain. Note: you do not always have to change things to be relevant!
  10. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I just want everyone who's online, instead of people who are offline in one list that isn't scrollable!

    If you resize your browser window (or zoom out) you'll get more contacts appearing in the list. Why can't it just be organised as online/offline with one long scrollable list!
  11. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    The new chat is ****ING STUPID. It lists people who THEY THINK I talk to.. and they AREN'T EVEN ONLINE! What's the use of a chat feature if it only lists a bunch of people who AREN'T ONLINE? What a horrible idea.

    I had it set up so all of my friends who I actually want to talk to are in lists, and I have chat set up so it shows me those lists. It was perfect. Now this ********. Guess I won't be using facebook chat anymore.
  12. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    I personally preferred the design of the original facebook though I can understand the reasons for some of the changes. But I enjoyed using the early facebook the most.

    But the most recent change is undoubtedly the worst. It's taken a useful feature and transformed it into something which is basically worthless.

    I keep finding myself checking facebook and realizing that it's pointless because I cannot figure out who is on anyway...

    really hope they change it back or alter this "new improved" version.

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