Let’s see, I have Yahoo messenger, MSN/Live messenger, AOL’s AIM, Skype, Google talk, ICQ and social IM.
I had to put them all in one application so I used Trillian for a while then switched to pidgin and I extremely recommend pidgin for everyone.
Then to keep in touch with my friends on facebook, I installed a new application: Social IM.
Just today, facebook came up with their own chat service, very similar to the one from within Gmail, it is online and it’s in the form of a nested tool bar on the bottom of every page from within your profile.
Great idea really, now there is a way to instantly chat with friends and (even better) find out who is online right now.
Not that I have anything against facebook’s messaging/email system, as a matter of fact I liked it a lot, because it took the form of a real chat (Just like Gmail) when you are messaging someone. But it still had a delay factor in it. Well that’s OK now because I can see who is on and who is not and chat with them instantly. And as an added feature, facebook respects your privacy, so they added the option of not showing that you’re on by making yourself unavailable.
Overall I think it’s a great addon to the facebook platform and I think they chose the correct location for it.
By the way, you can add me as a friend on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540610872
Go facebook go 😉