Which Instant Messenger?

I'm curious, what program(s) do you use for instant messaging?


I used to be a die-hard fan of Gaim, until it switched names and became Pidgin.. then I became a die-hard fan of Pidgin. 🙂 Why? It's open source, free, and it'll run on linux and windows.

Back when I dual-booted between linux and XP on my desktop, I was able to share the data files between the windows and linux copies of gaim. It was very nice, all settings, chat histories, etc were consistent no matter which OS I was currently using.


I'm currently taking advantage of the chat feature within Gmail. This is about as bare-bones of a client as you can get, so there aren't any features like file transfers (yet), but, as far as I'm concerned, the convenience more than makes up for that.

Since Gmail allows me to chat through AIM, and since most of the people I talk to are either using Gmail or AIM,  I no longer need to have Pidgin or any other chat program installed on my work or home computer. I'll get the same familiar setup on just about any computer. Plus, being able to search through all of my chat logs quickly and easily makes finding forgotten info as painless as possible.

But that's me… what do you use?

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  1. unlikelymoose said,

    Adium. OS X. quack. quack.

    April 24, 2008 @ 8:54 am

  2. kate said,

    AIM, myspace IM, and not very often but gmail IM…i've got friends who only use one or the other, so i'm usually on several IMs at once to keep in touch with everyone 🙂

    April 24, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  3. sparx said,

    The official AIM client is the worst. Boooooooo!

    April 24, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  4. spudart said,

    Adium on OS X. Quack. Quack. On Adium, I use Yahoo, AIM, MSN, and Google Talk. Although I only use AIM and Google Talk on Adium when I'm at work. The Yahoo and MSN don't go through our firewall.

    April 24, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  5. spudart said,

    I like to quack on instant messenger. My instant messenger is like quack.

    Man. that's hilarious.

    July 16, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  6. Mark said,

    We have found it easiest to just use the free tattle chat at work.


    Everyone just runs a single file from a shared folder and they are taken to a chat room that is perfectly useful for meetings and such. It's cheap, safe, and free.

    For most everything else, email is more than enough.

    July 26, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  7. sparx said,

    Interesting, but it seems a bit unpractical. My friends don't all have access to a common shared directory. 😛
    Not even all my co-workers do.

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

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