why no facebook stand alone clinet

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tbluhp, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    Why only can you get digspy or adiumx or trillian but no standalone app that conects onlys to facebook?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Because Facebook thinks that the website is good enough for most people. I disagree and use Adium.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ...because web browsers already connect to facebook. Until a facebook app can offer something besides what you can already get easily and free with a browser, it's not worth developing a stand-alone app.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Instant messaging clients have too many features. I want a useless program that will only do one thing!

    The Facebook iPhone app can do Facebook Chat, and iChat should be able to connect now that Facebook has XMPP/Jabber support.
     
  5. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    I use Fluid to create a site-specific browser for Facebook. It's just the website in its own app, but it creates the illusion of a separate client.

    edit: oh, were you just talking about facebook chat?
     
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    1. Download Adium.
    2. Add ONLY your Facebook account.
    You now have an app that connects only to facebook!
     
  7. lindseyquads macrumors newbie

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    This might be a dumb question.... But what exactly is Adium?
     
  8. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Short answer:
    It's an instant messaging client. Like iChat but it supports themes and more protocols.

    Longer answer:
    Similar to the GTK program named Pidgin which branched from Gaim. It's supports a plugin architecture and uses the libpurple library to connect to a wide range of protocols. The libpurple library is also used by Digsby on Windows computers.
     
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I like Adium because it connects to my ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Gmail, iChat accounts all at once, and presents one single contact list with all my friends. In theory it supports Facebook chat, Twitter, etc. too but I haven't bothered to set all that up.
     
  10. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    Adium supports twitter now? Awesome :)

    I'd only want a facebook application if it was more reliable than the useless website. Even then I think I could live without it.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The newest beta version does. Works fairly well for me so far.
     
  12. lindseyquads macrumors newbie

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    Thanks..
     
  13. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It also adds support for IRC and Identi.ca / Status.net. Adium 1.4b has been in the works for a long time, though.

    Extra-short answer: adium.im
     
  14. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Your welcome...
     

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