FIM Facebook Chat App ReviewJanuary 26, 2011 No Comments
Everyone has been up in arms about the lack of messenger services available in the wp7. I agree that we should have at the very least the most common messengers. The Facebook app itself doesn't have messaging capabilities. There is, however an app available that works as Facebook messenger letting you talk to your Facebook friends through the app.
Being able to instant message should be a good thing but this app makes it a frustrating thing. I connected to the app and began my message sending, none of the conversation showed on my screen not even the messages I was sending. I X'd out the conversation and when I clicked my FB friend again to retry, lo and behold the whole conversation was there including his replies to me. I tried holding a conversation a second time and the same thing occurred. In order to have a continuous conversation I would have to keep closing and opening the same conversation just so it would update and I could see what was being said. If that in itself isn't bad enough, if for some reason you have to exit the app it signs you out. Now one of my favorite things about my wp7 is that it gives me the ability to multitask between apps. It lets me exit one app, open another and when I'm ready go right back to what I was doing it’s right there waiting for me. I do not want the hassle of continually having to sign in. Not only that but the whole sign in, sign out thing totally leaves you without the option of push notification since you aren't even signed in anymore the moment you exit FIM. This app somehow fetched three stars on the marketplace, I am racking my brain trying to figure out how.
While having a Facebook app that lets you IM your friends is nice, this app is sooo not worth wasting the little bit of memory it takes up on your phone. It's too big of a hassle and it makes no sense to be to have a separate FB app and a FB messenger app. Now if it comes out with an update fixing these main issues then I would use it since it does show promise. However, I think I'll just cross my fingers and hope that they manage to integrate a Facebook messenger on the Facebook app itself.
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