If you use Firefox as your Web browser, you can add Facebook chat to the Sidebar, thus keeping it alive and active even while you browse elsewhere. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. In Firefox, press Ctrl-B to open the Sidebar in Bookmarks view.
  2. Right-click the bookmark folder where you want to add Facebook chat, then choose New Bookmark.
  3. Name the new bookmark “Facebook Chat,” then paste this URL into the Location field: http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php
  4. Check “Load this bookmark in the sidebar,” then click OK.

Now just click your new bookmark and presto: Facebook chat in the sidebar. Wella.