Freeware Files: Five Instant Messaging Apps (that are better than AIM)

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Rider660r

I'm liking the Digsby alot.Just installed it 10 min ago and already works great....gonna tweak it and can't wait to see it then.

If you have a FB account you know about the BS FB pulled with the news feed etc. Well this fixes that when you clcik the lil FB icon in your toolbar,their all now back in order by time added and looks to be everything posted is there.

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Xylogeist

DUUUUDE.... Why the HELL was MSN Instant Messenger not mentioned? HELLO? MSN (Windows Live Messenger) Is THE BEST IM service imaginable...

Oh it was mentioned... its just not a main choice >_> Wow

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scholarwarrior

My wife has lots of QQ contacts from China. Can install the QQ software here, but it is atrocious. As Mr. Murphy points out, Pidgin has QQ support, but they do not support it, in that it does not actually work. you can add contacts, and they can send messages to you, but it comes across as junk.  Last time we tried anyway.

Anyone know if any of the other chat software supports QQ accounts (in a way that works)?

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gregbishop

Never heard of QQ before. Doesn't look like you'll find much support:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_instant_messaging_clients

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gregbishop

I've tried all of these minux voxox, and I have to say Digsby best meets my needs currently. I was a very loyal Trillian fan for many years, but in this day and age, you can't afford to have an app (Astra) in beta for 5 years. As an admin, real-estate on my desktop is a high-ranking priority for an IM client. Pidgin, Miranda, and even Astra (not Trillian 3.x), if nothing else, have contact lists and/or chat windows that are just too large. When you have a combination of friends and coworkers topping 200 folks, that's unacceptable to scroll through. It might seem insignificant to many, but the ability to set my buddy list to 7 pt font, and not have to see buddy icons is huge to me. Yeah, I'm app-snobby :)

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Neutronbeam

 Been trying out Digsby and it's okay; I'll keep it for now.  Good article, glad to see your name again Mr. Murphy.

 Neutronbeam

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AntiHero

Thanks for another fine entry of the Freeware Roundup. I love Pidgin, i use it when i am on my liux distro (right now) it has an Xfire plugin on the linux version. Trillian Astra is a close tie though, I got the betaand was blown away with its ability. I could use Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, along with all main messenging clients.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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FrancesTheMute

we've got everyone in the IT department at my work using Pidgin, works great, since not everyone has the same one, and the encryption plugin is nice for discussing work related issues

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pizzaguy

I have been using Palringo. even though it doesnt have too many features, its light weight and handles a lot of services.

 

I'm going to try out trillian now, but they have already gotten on my bad side. I signed up for their private alpha a while ago, only now do I find out they have released it publicly... 

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TheMurph

good call on palringo.  : )

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winmaster

Everyone I know is on Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger/Whatever Microsoft calls it these days, so I'm rockin Windows Live Messenger with no real reason to change. Although Digsby's Twitter support interests me. Maybe if I actually every get Twitter followers, I'll switch to that. 

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eday_2010

I didn't know that a lot of people still used AIM. I thought it disappeared a long time ago with ICQ. I guess I haven't been keeping up with social aspect of the internet like I used to.

 

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ez223

Is ICQ dead?  Nobody told me.  Neither did anyone tell the 100s of active contacts I have all around the world using ICQ.  I've tried Trillian.  I started using IM years ago when Yahoo Messenger was all the rage.  I swiched to ICQ because many of the Ultima Online players I met used it.  ICQ does what I need it to do.  There are a few different versions available and they are all still free AFAIK.

EZ

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ZayLay

I've been using trillain for years, and now they just converted to this Astra.  I love the new interface.  After using the 30day trial, I am going to miss the paid for history view that is so neat compared to the free version's history.txt file that's used instead.  Other then that trillian rocks for using my 3 different IM's in one client.  I might try digsby soon now after switching to a new comp next time. Thanks for the tips.

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farlo

i still use aim with dead aim, using an old version of aim because frankly it became even worse bloated crap after version 5 ended its run.

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ETNPNYS

My vote goes to Digsby. Just pay attention through the install process, and you'll be very happy once it's installed. You can even customize the structure of your im windows - to be like the iPhone or more traditional views. Downside? No working Linux client yet - so I have to use Pidgin when at home. 

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sk8nrck2

I personally don't use IM too much, but I loves me some free apps to make life easier! Plus intergration of Google Voice sounds cool on VoxOx...

 

Chris

geekspotnow.blogspot.com 

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Comic Book Guy

I've never heard about VoxOx till now, I've known all the other ones, but this one is new to me!

What do calls cost for Canadian numbers?

Comic Book Guy

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