Facebook is the world’s most favored and popular social network. The web application-plus-social platform has evolved so much that if you were to put its earlier editions next to the current shape and look of the website, you would barely be able to make any connection. From the photo sharing experience to availability of the games, the groups and assorted communications, the improved messaging interface and the integrated video calling, along with almost everything else, has improved over time. However, all areas of Facebook are not an absolute delight and one of the worse examples is Facebook Chat.
Facebook Chat has always been more of a problem than being a convenience. For one, there will hardly be anyone who’d deny that it isn’t really the ideal instant messaging client, and not even by a long shot. It offers basic communication ability and the integrated Skype service for video calling is a fantastic addition. Then, there’s another aspect people complain that friends don’t reply to their messages on Facebook. They fail to understand is that the chat service would show always as ‘online’ because iPhone may be configured to sync Facebook Messenger, but that doesn’t mean you are online and checking the service 24/7. Facebook’s “Seen” and “Read” messages are becoming even more frustrating. Facebook allows you to now appear online on chat to only a select list of people, while appearing offline to everyone else.
The setting is enforced using Facebook’s web chat panel, where you’ll need to click the configuration at the bottom of the panel and go to Advanced Settings.
Within the Advanced Settings dialog, you have three basic settings, blacklist a few people from your friends while keeping chat on as a general setting, turning chat on for only a few people while keeping others offline, or turning chat off altogether. Depending on which option you select, you’ll add the names of your friends to either block them, or allow them in the whitelist.
When Facebook introduced this service, it’s a really fantastic addition that would settle the woes for a lot of people. If you have been unaware, make sure you check it out.