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new im clientIt’s been nearly four whole years since one of our original articles introducing Meebo, eBuddy, and imo.im 3 Web-Based IM Clients For Chatting The Night Away 3 Web-Based IM Clients For Chatting The Night Away Read More . Since then, all three services have advanced greatly and continue to serve millions of users today.

Using these three web-based clients, you’re able to connect to almost any instant messaging protocol and chat with your buddies. As we jump into the world of mobiles, web-based clients are slowly becoming obsolete while everyone hoards apps onto their tablets and smartphones. That doesn’t mean that we’ve all stopped bumming usage of our buddies’ laptops though! Rather than installing the client, these web-based solutions really help.

Let’s start by reintroducing the old

Meebo Messenger

Meebo has branched out into a more complete site, separating their famous messenger from the rest of their developments. It has remain mostly untouched, aside from adding access to several new services.

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You can use Meebo Messenger to chat on AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, MySpace, MyYearbook, and Facebook. You can also create a community-specific Meebo username and password that will store all of your IM account credentials, for easy access.

eBuddy

eBuddy is generally the same as Meebo, minus the MyYearbook support. Here’s a screenshot of the Yahoo! interface:
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eBuddy and Meebo are practically the gold standard when it comes to web-based clients. They function in such a similar way that one practically renders the other a bit useless (unless your school or workplace happens to block one of them).

imo.im

Of the three we’ve already covered, imo.im has made the largest steps in advancement.

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imo.im now supports Windows Live, Skype, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Facebook, AIM and ICQ, Jabber, VKontakte, MySpace, Hyves, and Steam. It’s a very complete solution that doesn’t get quite as much attention. Skype support is a big plus.

 

Now for some new stuff!

AirAIM

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AirAIM is the most streamlined and lightweight client for web-based IM-ing. As the name entails, it’s only available for AOL Instant Messenger.

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A big advantage of AirAIM is that it is relatively unknown. This means that it is probably not filtered out in most workplaces and campuses. Lucky you. AirAIM supports almost everything that the normal 5.9 client would allow you to do, just with no GUI.

To check for new messages, you’ll have to refresh your page. This also works wonders when you’re in James Bond mode, as it won’t pop up or the window won’t flash over your other work. Starting an IM conversation with a buddy is as simple as clicking on their username, typing, and submitting the form. There is also support for setting up your away message. The only core functionality that is not included with AirAIM would be modifying your buddy list.

AirAIM isn’t for everyone, but if you’re concern is having an effective web-based client for AIM with a very little footprint, this is great.

Instan-t Express Web IM

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Instan-t’s web-based platform will allow you to access Windows Live, Google Talk, AIM/ICQ, and Yahoo! accounts. Like Meebo and others, you can create a “community” account that will store your credentials for easy login access at a later time.

While the buddylist interface isn’t as smooth as other clients, it works as expected.

ILoveIM.com

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ILoveIM.com supports Windows Live, Yahoo!, ICQ, AIM, Google Talk, and MySpace. Another nice little touch to this service is the ability to sign on invisibly (which I’ve got to have). Passwords are also encrypted with a 1024-bit RSA key.

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If I had to pick any beef with this one, it’s the fact that buddy lists are capped off with ads. It’s a little annoying and obtrusive, but it doesn’t ruin the entire experience. ILoveIM.com also offers the option to edit your buddy lists, which a lot of web-based clients overlook and leave out. However, you can only log in to one account at a time.

Which of these solutions are your favorite? Know any that I’ve managed to leave out? Leave me a message in the comments and tell me what you think, I’ll make sure to get back with you! Check out these articles, too:

  1. Craig Snyder
    June 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I should mention that Meebo will be shutting down on July 11th.

  2. Vickie
    June 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I like one which you have not mentioned: IM+ Web: http://plus.im

  3. Dan
    June 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

    ebuddy doesnt have chat history, while meebo does, but both of these don't support skype, this is where imo.im beats them.
    For me, chat history is a must, and skype is very nice addition.

  4. Pop
    March 22, 2012 at 5:43 am

    on November 23, 2011 When I checked on iisbvimle it showed the person I was checking as online but on messenger his light was off it didnt say he was iisbvimle so why did his light show as off but iisbvimle shows as on?

  5. Mridul Godha
    March 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Congrats guys at MUO for shifting to a new commenting system.

  6. Rey Aetar
    March 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

    where is nombuzz it also has a great online client

  7. Convert WMA to MP3 Converter Free
    March 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Thank you very much for that superb article

  8. Phantom
    March 16, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Craig, you are star! You have no idea what one of those clients does for people from say... certain non-western countries! I dearly hope that they see this but then again how long before the website gets blocked by the ISP!

    Any client/option that allows a particularly popular p2p chat client to get pass unreasonable ISP blocking is valid. After all, this client has even obtained a license for this country!

    • Craig Snyder
      March 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Glad to hear it has helped!

  9. Chris Hoffman
    March 16, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I actually use Pidgin for day-to-day use (what, a desktop application? Barbaric, I know.)

    But imo.im is my favorite web-based one.

    • Michael
      February 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      imo.im doesn't do web anymore. It forces you to download/register on your mobile phone

  10. pganderson
    March 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I used to use Meebo, but their Android client is very old, drains my battery, and disconnects all the time. Lately, I switched to Imo.im and like the web and Android versions.

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