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Add The World’s Largest Social Network & Online Game To Pidgin

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Add The World’s Largest Social Network & Online Game To Pidgin

With MSN (or Windows Live Messenger) being recently laid to rest and Skype not offering a protocol for us all to connect through, it’s safe to say that all-purpose messengers like Pidgin are slowly falling out of favor. Nevertheless, it’s still my all-time favorite and – although it’s ancient – I am still a firm believer in AIM as a messenger. I still use it and many of my friends still use it. Text-based IMing is all I really care for and AIM gets the job done.

11-06-2013
Add The World’s Largest Social Network & Online Game To Pidgin
Voice Messaging – A Secret Weapon On Windows Phone 8

Voice Messaging – A Secret Weapon On Windows Phone 8

One of the most important things about using a smartphone is the ease with which you can compose and send messages. These might be SMS/MMS messages, emails or even a social network. The important thing, of course, is that you are able to get in touch with the other person as easily and efficiently as possible. Certain mobile phone platforms prevent this. In the case of Windows Phone 8 there are many improvements over competitors.

09-05-2013
Voice Messaging – A Secret Weapon On Windows Phone 8
Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]

Windows Mac

Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]

Over a year ago, I introduced MakeUseOf readers to Textfree. Since then, a lot has changed. I still use Textfree to this very day, and the entire application has been rebranded as Pinger. If you didn’t get to read my article or don’t know what Pinger or Textfree can do for you, it’s a great way to send and receive free texts in the US, Canada, and 30 additional countries.

22-03-2013
Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]
Tap Notify: Contact Your Buddies With Just One Tap [iPhone]

iPhone and iPad

Tap Notify: Contact Your Buddies With Just One Tap [iPhone]

You’re caught up in a roaring wave of busy airport travelers, and stopping for even a minute to jot down a text will get you trampled. What’s the best way to quickly contact your ride in this situation? Tap Notify has the solution, and all it will take is a few seconds of your time. Granted, you will have to briefly pull out your iPhone, but it’s much more convenient than writing an entire book with Messages.

19-03-2013
Tap Notify: Contact Your Buddies With Just One Tap [iPhone]
Viber: Call & Text Other Users For Free [iPhone]

iPhone and iPad

Viber: Call & Text Other Users For Free [iPhone]

Free calling and texting for your iPhone. Yep. It’s real. With Viber, that’s exactly what you get since it works through whatever WiFi connection you happen to be using. This gives you one more reason to mooch off the neighbors! Despite a few reasonable hoops to jump through, the app is quite functional. It says it offers free calling and free texting, and it does. Nothing can beat that. As far as I can tell, Viber is a wonderful app with a variety of practical uses.

19-03-2013
Viber: Call & Text Other Users For Free [iPhone]
Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android]

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Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android]

So you want to text someone a private flirty or goofy photo or video of yourself, but you know that images and videos can be shared and circulated on the Internet very quickly. Well it seems that a very popular iPhone and Android app called Snapchat might be a simple solution for texting your kinky photos without them being released to the wider public.

23-02-2013
Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android]
Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome

Browsers

Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome

It’s a little more “instant” than e-mail but not as intrusive as a phone call. It’s convenient, but it’s not annoying if managed right. And most of all, it’s one of the most highly addictive forms of communication in the world. It’s for all of these reasons that I went out in search of a way to continue sending text messages with my phone even when my phone is nowhere near me, and that’s when I stumbled across the MightyText extension for Chrome.

18-01-2013
Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome
Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]

Linux

Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]

There are still plenty of people who use instant messaging networks to talk with each other, as it’s very quick to exchange messages or ask a simple question. In fact, there are plenty of corporations who run their own networks, to make communication between employees a snap. Therefore, it’s good to have a capable instant messaging client by your side so that you can keep in touch with just about everyone.

17-01-2013
Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]
Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook chat is one of those things that’s fantastic when everything is going well, yet very annoying when something’s not right. Sadly, most people don’t have the time to navigate all of the options and set their preferences just so. There’s also a number of useful tricks you can do with Facebook chat messages that many people just don’t realise is possible.

15-01-2013
Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed

Android

Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed

A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often – call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it’s the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling. It’s discrete, so you can do it on the bus (unless you happen to be the driver); it’s asynchronous, so the other person doesn’t have to be immediately available, and more.

18-12-2012
Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed
Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]

We have an unlimited amount of means to communicate with each other using common gadgets found in practically every household. We can call, text, email, post on walls, and instant message. No matter what you may believe, there are still a large number of people who use instant messaging, especially when you include everyone who uses Facebook Messages, which can be used with many IM applications.

06-12-2012
Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]
Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]

Mac

Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]

Start using the best instant messaging client out there for Mac. It’s called Adium, it connects to everything and there’s no reason for not using it. Okay, there’s one reason – Adium does not support Facetime. But if that’s not an issue for you, Adium is a piece of software you should install. Combine all of your conversations into one great interface, then customize that interface to work exactly the way you want it to.

17-11-2012
Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]
How to Chat on Any IM Network From Within Gmail

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How to Chat on Any IM Network From Within Gmail

Google Talk, which powers Gmail’s built-in chat feature, isn’t a proprietary instant-messaging network. It’s built on top of the XMPP standard, also known as Jabber, so you can connect Gmail’s chat feature to any IM network. Some networks like AIM are interoperable with Gmail, while some like MSN and Yahoo require special Jabber transports.

25-06-2012
How to Chat on Any IM Network From Within Gmail
Combine All Your IM Accounts In One Application With Pidgin [Windows & Linux]

Windows Linux

Combine All Your IM Accounts In One Application With Pidgin [Windows & Linux]

Pidgin is a free instant-messaging client that combines all your IM accounts in one simple application. Instead of running several different IM clients that display ads and eat up memory, just use Pidgin. All your chat contacts across every network will be combined into a single buddy list, and all your conversations can be combined into a single tabbed chat window – or multiple windows.

18-06-2012
Combine All Your IM Accounts In One Application With Pidgin [Windows & Linux]
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

One of the most important uses for a mobile phone is messaging. Whether you’re thinking of SMS text messaging, email or online instant messaging networks, being able to communicate with others by typing rather than speaking has been an essential feature since the 1990s. Windows Phone has several instant messaging options available.

04-04-2012
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options
Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]

Android

Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]

One of the main differences between a phone call, text message and messenger bird is the so-called deadline of reply. That’s in an ideal world. In the real world, people forget their cellphones at home, or are prone to ignore them in favor of some other — more interesting, or more pressing — activity. That’s one motive behind synchronizing text messages with your computer.

02-04-2012
Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]
Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons

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Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons

Whether our IM client or SMS interface converts them to graphical smilies or not, every single one of us has typed out an emoticon before. There’s so much more possibility when it comes to textually expressing those feelings. It’s time for you to learn how to show some real, unique emotion online!

18-03-2012
Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons
TextPort: Send Free Text Messages To US Phones, Get The Reply Via Email

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TextPort: Send Free Text Messages To US Phones, Get The Reply Via Email

Easily send a text message to any phone in the United States, free of charge, regardless of where you live. You will get the responses in your email, and can even respond to responses using email. It’s all at TextPort, a site that makes sending SMS messages from your computer easy. It offers a few other worthwhile tools as well, including a reverse number lookup.

23-02-2012
TextPort: Send Free Text Messages To US Phones, Get The Reply Via Email
Don’t Text & Drive! 4+ Apps To Keep You Safe On The Road [Android]

Android

Don’t Text & Drive! 4+ Apps To Keep You Safe On The Road [Android]

Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous. We all know that. This danger is the one thing the smartness of our phones doesn’t really solve – no matter how smart they get, they still require more attention than we have to give while driving. The best thing would probably be to turn the thing off every time we drive, but who would seriously do that? So the next best thing is to find ways to limit the distraction the device creates.

20-02-2012
Don’t Text & Drive! 4+ Apps To Keep You Safe On The Road [Android]
The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7

Windows

The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7

For most of us, chatrooms might seem like a relic of the past, but they’re still around. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you’ll want to look into the IRC protocol. For those of you who are already familiar with IRC, you can jump past the next section to the list of awesome IRC clients for Windows 7. For those of you who have never heard of IRC, here’s a quick crash course.

17-02-2012
The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7
How to Automatically Join IRC Servers and Channels With HydraIRC

Internet

How to Automatically Join IRC Servers and Channels With HydraIRC

Last week, I made my attempt at welcoming newbies to the wonderful world of Internet Relay Chats. This week, we’re going to step things up to the next level for those of you who have decided that HydraIRC belongs in your taskbar. If you’re anything like me, you feel it’s necessary to be in 50 different channels at once. It’s time for you to learn how to save yourself a lot of time at every startup.

06-02-2012
How to Automatically Join IRC Servers and Channels With HydraIRC
Chat on IRC Like It’s 1995 With HydraIRC [Windows]

Windows

Chat on IRC Like It’s 1995 With HydraIRC [Windows]

You may be taking your Skype instant messaging and video calls or your iPhone FaceTime for granted, but way back before the standalone IM client was even an idea, there was one major solution: IRC (Internet Relay Chat). There are a lot of multi-IM clients that support the IRC protocol, but nothing really beats the efficiency and oldschool feel of a standalone chat client.

05-02-2012
Chat on IRC Like It’s 1995 With HydraIRC [Windows]