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Author Topic: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?  (Read 1217 times)

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Offline WolfyTopic starter

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I thought I heard about a messenger program that basically combined MSN, Yahoo, and AIM all into one convenient program...Anyone know what it's called, and how useful it is?
« Last Edit: November 29, 2010, 01:35:36 PM by Trieste »

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Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 01:35:49 PM »
Trillian.

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Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 01:53:11 PM »
I use trillian... And it adds more things like Skype, ICQ, facebook myspace, gmail All of them I think.

Offline Lilias

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 02:04:00 PM »
There's also Digsby, which handles much more...

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Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 02:16:53 PM »
To complete the list...

I use Miranda.

Offline Caeli

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 03:58:45 PM »
Pidgin supports:
   
  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MXit
  • MySpaceIM
  • QQ
  • SILC
  • SIMPLE
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

Offline WolfyTopic starter

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2010, 04:06:13 PM »
O-o...so..many..options...*falls over*

Offline OldSchoolGamer

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010, 06:41:28 PM »
There's also a Web site called Meebo (www.meebo.com) that has a Web chat client.  The advantage to Meebo is there is nothing to install on your computer.  The disadvantage is that file sharing and video options are rather limited.

Offline ShamshielDF

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2010, 12:45:21 AM »
The question is: What sort of functionality are you wanting exactly and what are you wanting from your chat client?

Advantages
Pidgin - Open source, freeware, robust support of numerous chat protocols and fairly mature at this point, multi-platform (can run it on Windows, Linux and Mac), optional integrated spell checking
Miranda - Freeware, skinnable/customizable, numerous protocols supported, growing support base
Trillian - Commercial, free version available, has the most 'finished' feel (due in no small part to its commercial nature), fairly robust support of numerous protocols, now has a web version, support for
Digsby - Supports the major chat/IM protocols, ties in with social networks, skinnable/customizable
Meebo - I'm not as familiar with this one, but does have the advantages of a web client (ie. no need to install anything, anywhere you have unfiltered web access you could have the same chat client, etc)

Disadvantages:
Universal ( to the best of my knowledge) - No third party chat/IM program works for video/audio conversations.  If you're wanting to video chat with someone on MSN/Yahoo, your pretty much stuck with their individual clients  (in reviewing, it appears that Trillian may actually support this, though I haven't tested such).  If the primary (AIM/MSN/YIM) changes their protocols (which AIM was notorious for doing just to screw up the third party clients) your chat/IM ability may be down until the third party updates.  Lack of certain other functions you may take for granted (particular emoticons/themes/pings, etc)
Pidgin - Fairly basic interface, not really customizable to as large a degree as the others, plain text password file (ie. if you have it save passwords, you can read them in the setting file), occasional issues with file transfers/slow file transfers
Miranda - Fairly new player to the market, I've seen comments regarding occasional problems with messages simply not going through (though this may be fixed in newer iterations). only available for Windows
Trillian - Commercial.  Sort of bubbly interface that gives it the look/feel of almost any other Windows client, tends to be 'bigger' than other chat clients (more hard drive space, more RAM intensive, more proccy intensive).
Digsby - Doesn't support all the eclectic protocols (yet), still fairly new player to the field though growing
Meebo - As with any browser driven application, if you have filtered internet (ie. work/school) you may not be able to use your chat client, you also run a higher risk of third parties being able to intercept your conversations.

As an aside, I will say that I use Pidgin and have used it happily for several years, at home and at work.  I use eBuddy on my Droid phone as it uses my data plan rather than text messaging, and for video/audio chat I use the original clients (YIM, MSN. Skype, etc.)

Hopefully, though, this at least gives you a few ideas as to what to look at with a given client and helps you to figure out what it is you want it to do for you.  No single solution is best for everyone.  Your mileage may vary, see detailer for deals.

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Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2010, 03:31:05 AM »
Excellent list, ShamshielDF. :)
Meebo - As with any browser driven application, if you have filtered internet (ie. work/school) you may not be able to use your chat client, you also run a higher risk of third parties being able to intercept your conversations.
Plus, they store your msg history online and you're still on the http protocol. Personally, I'd be touchy about that...

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Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2010, 12:12:23 AM »

Universal ( to the best of my knowledge) - No third party chat/IM program works for video/audio conversations.  If you're wanting to video chat with someone on MSN/Yahoo, your pretty much stuck with their individual clients  (in reviewing, it appears that Trillian may actually support this, though I haven't tested such).  If the primary (AIM/MSN/YIM) changes their protocols (which AIM was notorious for doing just to screw up the third party clients) your chat/IM ability may be down until the third party updates.  Lack of certain other functions you may take for granted (particular emoticons/themes/pings, etc)


In fact, from personal experience, I have yet to get voice to work. I have gotten picture, but that is about the limit. And even then the picture was fuzzy at best.

Offline Narianna

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 03:55:43 AM »
I like Meebo because I can use it at work and co-workers are none the wiser.

Offline ShamshielDF

Re: Isn't there a messenger program that basically condenses all three into 1?
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2010, 09:02:01 AM »
...I wouldn't count on that.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Working in IT, I will tell you that any corporation with an IT staff of decent size has some form of surf blocking/logging in place.  While they don't necessarily take terribly proactive measures to see where people are going or necessarily block pages that are against the corporate internet policies, it does get logged.  All it takes is something happening and having to pull the logs for them to find out where you've been going.  Taking this in another direction, some IT staff members are more than happy to sit there and watch your traffic and read your emails.  It's rare, but it does happen.

Which is why I have a smart phone with an all in one chat client.  You can usually get an unlimited texting plan for fairly cheap and most chat programs use SMS to send/receive chat messages.  If you have a smart phone, you can get chat programs like eBuddy to chat over your data plan rather than the text system.