Universal Chat Program

When I stopped using my laptop I installed all the IM programs to the desktop such as AIM, Yahoo IM, MSN Messenger and MySpace IM.  Well, all of a sudden I’ve noticed how slow my computer got from running all those IM programs.

So I went on Google and did a search for IM programs and found Pidgin.  This is a universal chat program that lets you see your buddy list from 16 different IM programs.

AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! and Zephyr

There is one other that I wish it had which is Facebook.  eBuddy has Facebook, I use that IM program when I’m on my PSP.

Well this definitely helps and all the IM’s are tabbed so if you are in more than 1 conversation it’s tabbed for you in 1 window.  It also has chatrooms, the only thing it doesn’t have is webcam.  You can either have 1 universal icon for all to see or you can choose an icon for each IM service that you use.  And it uses the smileys that you would normally see only in like AOL or Yahoo or MSN, so you can’t use special smileys that you wouldn’t see in AOL that you would see in MSN.  I think it’s pretty cool.  I like it.  My computer isn’t slow any more.

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