Quite recently, Google released Google Buzz, a direct competitor to sites like Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed. However, it looks like Facebook has given a tit for tat to Google with the launch of a Global Facebook Chat with support for the Jabber protocol and XMPP protocol.
Google Talk is IMHO one of the most easiest and simplest way of communicating with people. Google Talk worked everywhere and anywhere. Facebook Chat on the other hand was only limited to Facebook, however, with the opening up of Facebook Chat, Google Talk and for that matter other chat services like Yahoo will run into a major competitor with a solid user base of over 400 million users.
However, the means of communication has quickly grown and people use several modes to communicate with each other. Facebook chat just adds another way with which you can communicate with people. However, with so many different ways to communicate it definitely becomes difficult to manage everything.
What is your preferred way of communicating? Do you prefer email, instant messaging, social networking or any other forms of communications? Do let me know through your comments.