It seems someone finally told Facebook that users don’t like to be locked into a browser window when they want to instant message with their friends, family and co-workers.

Facebook Chat launched some time ago, but it hasn’t exactly been the most useful tool as it required you to use the browser all the time to check which friends were online and interact with them.  Now the king of the social networks has teamed up with AIM, formally named AOL Instant Messenger, to take its chat capabilities out to the desktop.

The only problem with this whole idea is … well … it’s AIM.  It’s like the forgotten child of the instant messaging crowd.  Luckily Facebook has announced that it will be opening up its Chat to any instant messaging client that wants to use it, so hopefully we’ll see it pop up soon in an actually useful IM client.

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