- Philadelphia to fire 13 officers for racist, violent Facebook posts Saturday 6:12 PM
- Nick Offerman is so down to play every single role in ‘Cats’ Saturday 4:27 PM
- Woman documents how airport staff broke her wheelchair Saturday 3:04 PM
- Funeral home allegedly posted photos of woman’s dead body on social media Saturday 1:56 PM
- Alinity Divine is being investigated after throwing her cat during stream (updated) Saturday 12:04 PM
- ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ returns with Seinfeld making a racist joke about China Saturday 10:26 AM
- YouTubers Eugenia Cooney and Shane Dawson make a joint comeback Saturday 9:06 AM
- The crushing effects of Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ on healthcare Saturday 8:00 AM
- How to live stream Pacquiao vs. Thurman Saturday 6:20 AM
- Review: Hulu with Live TV ensures you always have something to watch Saturday 6:00 AM
- How to live stream UFC on ESPN 4: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards Saturday 5:49 AM
- 2020 Democrats refuse to answer our questions about ‘Cats’ Friday 4:14 PM
- Belle Delphine’s Instagram account removed after mass reporting campaign Friday 4:08 PM
- Mariah Carey refuses old-age FaceApp challenge Friday 3:19 PM
- Journalists horrified by consolidation of Gatehouse, Gannett Friday 3:12 PM
Browser extension lets you bring Facebook’s Chat Heads to your desktop.
Facebook had high hopes for Home, the company’s Android software…but it turned out to be the company’s Battlefield Earth, a cumbersome dud fueled by hubris that pretty much no one liked. Indeed, it was Facebook’s most high-profile product flop. But there was one feature that stood out, so Facebook pulled it out and stuck it in other mobile products: Chat Heads.
Chat Heads let users read their messages on the Facebook app without leaving the Newsfeed or whatever else they were looking at, pulling up each individual message with a little bubble with the sender’s profile picture. It’s a user-friendly feature, which is why a company called Faces.im brought Chat Heads to desktop.
Screenshot via faces.im
Faces.im has created a free Chrome extension that lets you read your Facebook messages via Chat Heads, with bubbles popping up whenever you get a new message. Clicking on the extension opens up Facebook chat as if you were using Messenger, but you’re on your computer, not your phone.
If you use Messenger to talk to people frequently and you work from a desktop, it’s a good way to keep on top of your messages more easily.
That a third party invented this also speaks to how much Facebook is focusing on mobile…and ignoring web-based use. There is a desire for more advanced, sleek features on desktop, but the company hasn’t made any real innovations or applied its unbundling plan to the web. Maybe in five years an all-mobile creative strategy would be smart, but right now, it’s making services like Facebook have a stale appearance for people who access the site on their MacBooks instead of their iPhones.
Kate Knibbs is a notable tech reporter and pop culture essayist. A former staff writer for the Daily Dot, her work has appeared in Gizmodo, the Ringer, AV Club, Digital Trends, Popular Mechanics, and Time.