How to use Facebook Chat in Messages Beta for OS X

Today Apple surprisingly released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to developers. It has lots of new features including Notification Center, Air Play Mirroring, Twitter Integration, and hopefully Siri when its officially released. One of the big features announced today is called Messenger. This program replaces iChat with a new messenger that will communicate with iOS's iMessage, AIM, and Google Talk. Messages is the only part of 10.8 beta thats currently public. You can now download it on 10.7 or 8 at http://www.apple.com/macosx/mountain-lion/messages-beta/. I only have one problem. Theres no Facebook chat. I wasn't necessarily expecting it to have Facebook Chat but come on, I only use Google Talk to message the 5 people i know that don't have Facebook, but i found a loophole, here's what you need to do:

1. Download and Install the Messages Beta

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*Only Available with OS X 10.7 and 10.8

2. Restart your Computer and Open Up Messages

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You will only need to restart if you are booting it for the first time.

3. Click on the Messages Tab on the Toolbar in the top left corner and click Preferences.

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4. When the Preferences Window opens Click on Accounts.

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5. Click the + on the bottom left hand corner of the window.

6. Under Account type Select Jabber.

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7. Account Name and Password

Under account name type in your_facebook_username@chat.facebook.com. (Find your account name by going to your profile. Your username will be after http://www.facebook.com/. For Example if you went to http://www.facebook.com/bzgoldman you would put in the account name field bzgoldman@chat.facebook.com.) Then under password type in your Facebook password.

8. DONE!

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Thats All. It actually quite simple. After that when you're typing a new message just type in a Facebook friends name (or click the plus and then buddies). Also now if someone else messages you on Facebook it will show up in messages!

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