Facebook is expected to launch an instant-messaging service. The social-networking site is believed to have been trialing the IM service, which will allow users to chat to other members without the need for a third-party application.

According to TechCrunch the messenger service will use the Jabber open-source platform so users can add the service to other instant-messaging clients, although details are currently very sketchy.

The announcement follows AOL highlighting its plans to combine its AIM service with the newly acquired social networking site, Bebo.

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