Facebook unveils new chat system

16/11/10

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has unveiled a new way of keeping in touch with friends and family.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new system will be an all-in-one place to check texts, emails, instant messages and Facebook chat.

Around four billion messages are sent on the site everyday and bosses say it needed updating.

The new system will be rolled out over the next few months.

With 500 million members rivals like Gmail and Hotmail are likely to keep a close watch on Facebook's new way to message people.

But in a world where you can Tweet, BBM, IM, text or even just call, will it prove popular enough to get people signing up to it?

Dara Georgesca

Dara Georgesca

"It's very useful.

"You won't have to switch through things to get your messages.

"It'll all just be in one place.

"I don't see my mum using it.

"Me and my friends definitely will."

Sam Shepherd

Sam Shepherd

"I keep in touch with my friends and family on text, email and Skype.

"It'll make it a lot easier for people to contact people in general so I think this would be a really good idea.

"I think everyone would use it. I mean everyone's hooked up to Facebook as it is."

Beta

Beta

"I don't know, I think it's going to cause a bit of confusion in a sense.

"I wouldn't like it.

"I like to have everything in a whole separate thing.

"So I know my email is used for certain stuff, my phone is used for certain things and Facebook is purely social."

Bernie

Bernie

"Some of my emails are just for work, I like to keep things separate.

"Like my social stuff and if I'm just chatting with friends.

"So I wouldn't want to mix it all up."

Annie

Annie

"I think the idea's quite good because it will bring everything together in one place.

"You won't have the hassle of going through your email and other different pages.

"However, in a way it brings you to Facebook in a different way.

"You have to always be on Facebook, so more time on Facebook.

"And that's when there's a certain awareness with privacy issues on the site."