What Instant Messaging Client Do You Use? [Poll]

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poll-im-client It’s time for another MUO Poll. Every poll we had so far was a smashing success. You guys did a great job. Thanks to you, we had a clear winner in every case.

This time we want to ask you about instant messaging programs. What is your IM client of choice ? Do you use a multi-protocol client that supports multiple accounts (i.e Pidgin) or prefer to stick with a single-network chat client like MSN, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger etc. Let us know below. You can select up to 2 clients.

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I was about to vote when this annoying pop-up appeared right over the vote button. I hope this is not a regular thing with this website. I do enjoy the content, but I hate pop-ups more.


i am note sure what you saw there, but we don’t have serve popups. Do you still see it? Can you send us the screenshot. Email me at aibek[at]akeuseof[dot]com


The pop-up was obviously the one warning that the max amount of choices was two, I got caught out too :) I use three!



Digsby would be great if it would run on Linux, so I’ve turned back to Psi



I vote none of the above. Though I use pidgin and trillian some, I much prefer Palringo to either of them.



Digsby when under windows and Pidgin when under Linux.



Sometimes I use Meebo. It’s good if you don’t have a lot of memory or are on a strange computer and don’t want to download a lot of things in a pinch.


I like meebo as well. Also check out imo.im, it has plenty of cool features.



I’m on Ubuntu and use and aMSN for MSN. There’s something incomplete about pidgin for me to switch to it completely..



You left out mIRC! I use it for all my IRC chat. I use Pidgin for Gtalk and AIM (and sometimes MSN, but I usually leave it disabled).



I prefer Pidgin over any other IMs. It even helps us to find contacts who blocked you on Gtalk.


“It even helps us to find contacts who blocked you on Gtalk.” – Really? That’s quite handy.



i uese IRC clients (xchat)


Mark O’Neill

I used Pidgin for a long time up until recently but a couple of weeks back, I went back to Google Talk and Skype. I guess I was a bit bored with the plain no-frills Pidgin interface. I also missed the new mail notification that Google Talk has. Plus I realised that virtually everyone I communicated with was either only on Google Talk or Skype! The other chat networks seem to have fallen by the wayside.


Yea PIdgin is so boring! Haha its great to have on a thumb drive though

Shankar Ganesh

Yup, Pidgin is too plain. I can’t get to transfer files with my buddies when on Jabber.

Mark O’Neill

Plus I also found Pidgin to be very buggy at times. I would for instance move a contact to a particular group and the next day, the contact will be in a different group. Or a Yahoo contact would show up as a MSN contact (how the hell THAT happened I have no idea) and then Pidgin would refuse to delete it.

Or I would delete a contact and when I reboot Pidgin, the contact would be BACK. I would also be logged out of chat networks for no reason.

In the end, my patience ran out and Pidgin was toast.



Very interesting…. had no idea Digsby was this popular!

Hey btw who is loving facebook chat integration? I never use facebook or the internal chat system… but having in in Digsby has been very useful. Being able to crack the skype API would make Digsby the killer app.

That and and a bit more optimizing… does anyone else get lots of gmail and twitter dropouts?



Yahoo Messenger all the way! how is it that such few people use it? it’s the cleanest interface ever, the smileys are cute (not like the msn creepy ones), the voice chat quality is superb!



dont forget funpidgin, pidgin’s fork, cuz of the godfeature of autoresize text area…



It’s awesome that Digsby, such a newcomer is right there on top. I think they will be going to Linux soon, but not sure.



Pidgin mainly, but I use Skype sometimes too (I voted both)


Ashutosh Mishra

I always like plain stuff, so Pidgin for me. :)

Skype is great for webcam and voice chatting.



I hate Pidgin: it is the worst messaging client of all time, it doesnt even support MSN status messages…very poor. only the icq protocol is good, the other ones suck.



In this order:

Trillian – got too bloated for me
Miranda – quit working for some unknown reason, support a bit lacking
Pidgin – was ok; I didn’t install lots of plugins, but it worked and wasn’t bloated
Digsby – I like it a lot so far; Yahoo POP went down a while, but came back, and pretty good support, either through blog comments, or bug reports through the app, including ability to send screenshot if needed. I like having Twitter on it too.



I use QIP qipim.com/en/ at home and meebo at work.



When I’m working on my computer I don’t like to be interrupted. So I’m going to show just how out-dated I am.

I don’t use an Instant Messaging client! Nope, none at all!

The only people I need to contact “right now” are on my cell phone. And, NO, I don’t text! Everyone else gets emails!

Maybe next time you can include “NONE” as one of the options, after all not everyone out there installs the latest service, just because it new. If I don’t use something or don’t think I will then I’m not going to put it on my computer.




If I actually open and IM client I use Pidgin, but most of the time I just use the one built in Gmail. I don’t think that qualifies as Google talk, but since you can log into yahoo messenger with it, that pretty much covers most of my friends.



Adium is one of the best!


Syahid A.

Digsby is my current choice but sometimes the automatic updates does not work perfectly.


Sound Of Vision

I have ICQ, MSN, Gtalk and Y!IM. MSN is my mostly used IM together with Gtalk (not everyone has gmail account) so I voted for those 2.

I use ICQ rarely, but it was my first IM so I kept it because of sentimentality and one person there. It’s just a bit complicated…And I like the look of Y!IM but don’t have many people there and sometimes blocks.

I heard of Digsby and if it supports all other accounts (MSN, Y!IM, Gtalk, ICQ etc) I might download it!
What is important for me with IM clients is that is should be fun and easy to use. I love smilies and themes and nice looking. Can you collect smilies on Digsby like you can on MSN?



Um. Why isn’t AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) on the list?

Trillian worked lovely and then all of a sudden stopped, and gave me connection issues up the ying/yang. So not anymore, I did like the format though.

Have to check some of these out, maybe I’ll find a new favorite.



AIM is missing. Anyway, I would love to use another IM client, but there ain’t any other software that supports REAL video and voice chat on the MSN network. So i will probably stick with the big Windows Live Messenger until 2020 :(


Neil Watson

I don’t use any. I have never found the need. Occasionally use Skype chat.but at best once a month.



Yahoo & MSN

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