The secret for going from zero to seventy million users overnight is to
avoid doing it all in one fell swoop. We chose to simulate the impact
of many real users hitting many machines by means of a “dark launch”
period in which Facebook pages would make connections to the chat
servers, query for presence information and simulate message sends
without a single UI element drawn on the page. With the “dark launch”
bugs fixed, we hope that you enjoy Facebook Chat now that the UI lights
have been turned on.

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