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I had a Facebook account, and deleted it, since I found Facebook overwhelming. Now, I would just like to chat (using web app or computer program) with some of my Facebook friends, so I wonder if this is possible, without creating a new Facebook account or trying to recover my old one.

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You will have to install a different chat system - like Skype or Google Chat. This does mean that all your friends will have to install this chat system too, which is something they might not be willing to do if you are their only friend using this system.

  • To expand this answer: The answer is no, you'll have to have a Facebook account to use chat. Even if you only want to use a program like Pidgin or Adium. – Rebecca Dessonville Apr 11 '12 at 15:32
  • yes, I am afraid so .... – Open the way Apr 12 '12 at 13:38
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There is actually a way, although like Dez said in a comment, you will still need an active Facebook account.

If you download a chat client like Pidgin, you can log in to facebook chat from there, using your account. You will never have to log in to the actual site, or even update it with posts, and all your facebook friends will see you online.

You will simply be chatting to them using your chat client ;)

  • yes, I know, but for this I need to reactivate my Facebook account once, and then, they will see that I am again in Facebook and will send messages and all that stuff – Open the way Apr 12 '12 at 11:55
  • Correct. All you then need to do is go into the Facebook settings, disable all notifications and emails, and that's it. I, for example, have disables all emails so I will only be informed by the notifications when I actually log in to facebook. I get no emails from there. If you do the same, your problem is solved. – Theo Scholiadis Apr 12 '12 at 12:07

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