Sometime ago I wrote the article “Develop Your IM Network”, where I suggested that having a broad network of contacts on your IM client can be quite useful. Unfortunately there is a wide variety of IM protocols around the Internet, and most of them are not compatible.
You can stick with one favorite client, but this will make you lose the opportunity to interact with some people (the ones that are not using your favorite client) over the long term. The solution for this problem are the multi-protocol IM clients.
I started using Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) a couple of weeks ago, and it really expanded my IM network. The client allows you to connect to several services contemporaneously, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, IRC, Google Talk, and some other protocols that I had never heard of before.
There is another alternative called Trillian. It only supports AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo!, but it comes with different skins, and the interface is more user friendly.
What about you, what IM client are you using?
Daniel on May 23, 2007 | Filed Under Software