Dec 27, 2011
We have been using many chat applications before Facebook chat came. This includes IRC consoles, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, Gtalk etc. that provide simple interface that is fast enough to suit our modest requirements. But innovations did not stop there; high speed internet became widespread thereby creating avenues for improvements in our day to day communications. With these improvements we are now able to see live video streams of our friends using Skype, Google+ or Facebook chat. At the end did you notice that we are still used to utilizing simple chat applications that can simply send message to a friend or family member? Facebook chat is one of these chat applications, though it’s not so popular compared to the chat client I mentioned above and is still currently lagging behind the likes of Google, Yahoo and Skype. But did you know that only in Facebook chat that you can add Facebook profile pictures within chat messages? Read on.
In the latest Zuckerberg’s gimmick in their chat app, Facebook seems to be trying to catch up with the giants by introducing enhancements in your chat experience. This time you can now include a picture of your friend within the message itself that will improve the clarity of the message being conveyed. This is useful if you have friends with (almost) similar names that sometimes require confirmation on the other end that tends to lengthen the chat conversation. Additionally this is useful if you want to mention brands like Coca Cola or famous persons like Mark Zuckerberg in your own message. To utilize this new Facebook chat enhancement, just follow the instructions below to get started. This will work on Facebook profiles that have changed their Facebook profile ID from sequence of numbers to short usernames like ‘zuck’ for Mark Zuckerberg or ‘cocacola’ for Coca Cola.
If you’re friend has not yet claim their customized Facebook URL, you have to extract the ID from his/her profile picture. Or you can suggest getting his/her customized and easy to remember Facebook URL like https://www.facebook.com/nutc24ck32 instead of https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010101010. All they have to do is to set your preferred username by going to ‘Account Settings’ and clicking the ‘Edit’ link beside the ‘Username’. Make sure to provide your preferred username correctly because you’re only allowed to do this once.
To include your friends or family members profile pictures within the chat messages, all you have to do is to enclose their profile ID or username by [[ and ]]. For example, to greet me a Happy New Year using Facebook chat and you want to use my picture instead of my name, just type ‘Happy New Year [[nutc24ck32]]!’ without the single quotes. To determine your friends Facebook profile ID or username, just hover your mouse over their profile picture or username link and you will see their ID or username. Give it a try and you will get used to it the moment you have memorized your friend’s usernames (not the profile ID!).