imo.im – Quite Possibly The Multi-Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

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00 imo icons   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your DreamsTo be honest, I’m not much of a chatter. I don’t have chat buddies from all chatting platforms. The only IM client that I’ve tried on my computer is Yahoo! Messenger (because it offers free text messages to mobile phones). So if you asked me what the best IM client is out there, I wouldn’t be able to give you an unbiased opinion. Even so, I could tell at first sight that the relatively unheard of imo.im is quite possibly one of the best IM services out there.

How can a great service be unheard of? Even though there have been a few mentions about the service on MakeUseOf here and here, the developer has kept a low profile and quietly put the project below the radar for the past two years. After three years in alpha stage, this solid app has finally shown itself (with a new look) to the public.


Currently, imo.im is available as a web-based chat client (using flash), an iOS app, and an Android app.

Connect To Multi-Network

When you visit imo.im for the first time, you’ll notice how clean the interface is: a lot of white space and the login window in the middle. If the look reminds you of Google, it’s because one of the co-founders is also one of Google’s first ten employees – Georges Harik.

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To start using imo.im, just log in with one of your IM accounts. You can add (and link) more accounts to imo.im later.

01a Sign In With Your IM Account   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

After logging in, you’ll see another vast white space with small columns of menus on the left and right of the page. Use “Add Account” from the “Accounts” menu on the left to link your other IM accounts. Basic information about an account will pop out if you hover your mouse over that account.

01c Accounts 2   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

You can quickly change your status by using the drop down menu at the top of the page.

01e IM Status   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

You can also add/change your profile photo by clicking on the profile box above the “Accounts” menu.

01f Upload Profile Photo   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

On the right side of the screen, there’s the “Buddies” menu. Similar to the “Account” menu, you can view more information about one of your buddies by hovering your mouse above his/her profile box.

01b imo friends list   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

Your buddies are automatically grouped based on groups that you have on your IM accounts. But you can easily create a new group by clicking on the “Create a new group” button. Adding a new buddy is also that simple.

04b Create Group1   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

You can move your buddies between groups by dragging and dropping them.

Any friend request from one of your IM accounts will pop out on imo.im, and you can choose to Deny, Block, or Add the person.

03b Add Buddies Request   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

Clicking on any of your friends in the list will open up an individual chat window, which – if you are really fussy – could quickly fill up the entire screen. You can make your screen tidier by choosing the tab view from the button on the left of the “Buddies” menu.

01g All Screen1   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

Notifications pop up in a small yellow window inside the imo.im environment.

01h Notifications   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

You can choose to enable desktop notifications if your browser supports the feature.

01i Google Chrome Enable Desktop Notification   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

To Go Beyond The Text

The ability to easily connect to multiple chat platforms is not the only thing that imo.im has to offer. The small microphone icon in the text field of a chat window tells us that imo.im also support voice messages. This feature allows users to send up to 30 second voice messages to their chat partners.

To enable this feature, you have to give permission to imo.im to access your computer’s camera and microphone.

02a Detecting Mic   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

Then to send a voice message, all you have to do is hold the green “Hold to talk” button while you speak with the microphone. The voice messages will automatically be sent every time you release the green button.

02b Send Voice Message   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

Sending voice messages might mean nothing if you use the browser-based chat client from your computer. But if you use the phone version, the feature means free calls. You can use your phone as a long distance walkie-talkie (sort of) over an Internet connection and do voice chat with your friends without the phone charges.

On a good and stable Internet connection, you can also call your buddies and have continuous audio and/or video chat between computers and phones.

04b Voice Chatting   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

If you have a file or two to share with your chat buddy, click on the “Send File” tab, choose the file, and click the “Send file” button. You can only send one file at a time, though.

03a Send file   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

The Footnotes

There are some things that you might not notice at the bottom of the imo.im screen. The first one is the “Sessions” link. Clicking on it will open the “Active Sessions” window with information on devices that you currently use to open imo.im.

05a Active Sessions1   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

The next one is the “Preferences“. You can enable desktop notifications from here (if your browser supports it). You can also prevent individuals who are not in your buddy list from contacting you.

05b Preferences   imo.im   Quite Possibly The Multi Network Instant Messenger Of Your Dreams

In my opinion, imo.im is a great chat service. Maybe the greatest advantage that this service has over its competitors is its seamless integration between the web, iOS, and Android clients. Along with its support for multiple chat networks, and the combination of all the features, imo.im might be the instant messenger of your dreams.

What do you think of imo.im? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

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22 Comments - Write a Comment

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kappa

it is the only one that let you use skype from a browser

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Schvenn

I’ve used it for a month. It works well on Android, but for whatever reason, after the first day, it will no longer let me log into MySpace…timing out everytime.

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MikeVertx

impressive.

i use digsby for desktop and ebuddy for mobile currently

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bryanradams

I really like imo.im, but what I recently witnessed is that you cannot receive files via skype in imo. You have to log in directly to skype to pick up the files.

Aibek

yep, i experienced this on another IM as well. It seems to me that to send/receive the files without issues both users need to be using same IM service.

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Anonymous

impressive.

i use digsby for desktop and ebuddy for mobile currently

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bryanradams

I really like imo.im, but what I recently witnessed is that you cannot receive files via skype in imo. You have to log in directly to skype to pick up the files.

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Max Ivanoff

can this webapp to save chat history?
i mean ICQ

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Max Ivanoff

can this webapp to save chat history?
i mean ICQ

Aibek

Yeah, i think it has that feature

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Jerome Laney

I’m using it right now with 3 linked accounts. Facebook is blocked in our office so what I did is I linked it outside the office with my MSN account(which is not blocked in our office). Now when I sign in with my MSN account here in imo.im, Facebook automatically gets signed in. Take that, oppressive office! XD

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Saikat Basu

Looking forward to try this out. I think online chat apps are the way to go now. Really get fed up of constant updates by some of the desktop clients.

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Jerome Laney

I’m using it right now with 3 linked accounts. Facebook is blocked in our office so what I did is I linked it outside the office with my MSN account(which is not blocked in our office). Now when I sign in with my MSN account here in imo.im, Facebook automatically gets signed in. Take that, oppressive office! XD

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J. C. Rush

you can’t edit or remove groups yet?
instead of grouping skype, google, yahoo, and facebook seperately – I would like for them to all be under buddies . . .

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J. C. Rush

you can’t edit or remove groups yet?
instead of grouping skype, google, yahoo, and facebook seperately – I would like for them to all be under buddies . . .

Anonymous

You can easily create new groups and drag and drop contacts between groups.

J. C. Rush

yes, but how do I delete new groups?
I made some new groups and decided not to seperate my lists.
I would rather have one alphabetical list

Anonymous

Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t notice that we couldn’t delete a group. I’ve emailed the developer asking about this problem. I’ll keep you posted.

Anonymous

Here’s the answer that I got from the developer:

“We don’t have a delete group function yet.
But if you removed everyone from this group to another group,
it will be removed in your next login.”

Hope it helps.

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J. C. Rush

yes, but how do I delete new groups?
I made some new groups and decided not to seperate my lists.
I would rather have one alphabetical list

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thurana

Here’s the answer that I got from the developer:

“We don’t have a delete group function yet.
But if you removed everyone from this group to another group,
it will be removed in your next login.”

Hope it helps.

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Seffant

I like that you can view your history :)
Almost no site or programm offers that

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