November 2010 saw the birth of Facebook’s own messaging platform, which proved to be a massive change for the messaging that was supported by it.
All Chats, asynchronous Messages, and email are sent into the inboxes of the users all to @facebook.com addresses offered by facebook to the users.
This was good because all missed chats could be viewed from other devices in case a user was not at his desk.
Also, if you sent a message to someone’s inbox and they were online, they would get it as a chat. The Facebook email service was also started around that time, but it was stopped because not many users bothered using Facebook for emails.
Nevertheless, email addresses were assigned to the users in the month of April.
Around July 2011, it partnered with Skype, that helped it to add the video call option to facebook. Post that, Beluga was chosen to be re-skinned and used as the facebook messenger in August 2011 as the only Standalone app to continue chatting on facebook without accessing its main page.
The best part of the Facebook messenger is that the app has not specific requirements for hardware or software. The app is rather light and it can be accessed from any device, at any point of time. It might just turn out to be the most powerful messaging apps of all times.
Google talk on the other hand worked from within gmail at the outset and then branched out as GChat or more popularly, Gtalk. This became an instant hit amongst the more professional people with little or no tolerance for interruption by facebook friends, and who also consider themselves to be much above the AOL and did not want small chats to interrupt them. In 2010, the group chat organizer, called Plannr.
Gtalk is a rather good software, and it can be installed on your desktop or in any other device. The client is quite light and installation is very easy. You can call people and voice quality is good enough. The app also lets you go to the mailbox directly and send emails to users from there.
Sending files is also fun and it comes with a very basic set of emoticons, which are not very creative as that on the facebook messenger, because the focus is on keeping things simple as Gtalk is used by a number of corporate offices worldwide as a source of communication between employees.