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Facebook Messages Just Got Way Easier to Use

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Facebook Messages, which has been the stuck-in-2004 ugly big sister to the already-butt-ugly Facebook Chat, actually looks sort of usable now thanks to a new two-panel design.

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The design is similar to the one used by other online web clients, like AIM, and Apple's new default IM layout in Messages. Instead of the old just-the-messages, click-to-go-back-to-a-list layout, you can now just click on your friends' names on the left side of the screen.

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The old Facebook Messages layout.

Other additions are being able to embed multiple pictures in a single message, and some new keyboard shortcuts. It's rolling out starting now, so you might not have the new layout right away. But once you do, it might actually be a reason to use Messages on Facebook for once. [Facebook via TNW]

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StoutFiles

No thanks. The less time spent on Facebook, the better.

Also, I wonder what's in folder ml81, but am too lazy to type in the full URL.

Also, you should friend Alex Morgan. You may know her.