Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week. The service will be built into user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends.
Also like Google Talk, it will be built on the Jabber open source platform, allowing users to add the service to many popular Instant messaging clients like Trillian (Windows) and Adium (Mac).
This spells trouble for a slew of instant messaging services that third parties have built on Facebook for profits. The timing on this certainly is interesting. Recently AOL talked extensively about marketing their AIM platform with their newly acquired Bebo social network.