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Old 07-15-2004, 10:04 AM   #1
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I have been thinking about [finally] using an instant messaging service. The questions I have are:

1) What service should I be looking at? People I know are on all kinds. I would like to try Yahoo, but I don't know if you can chat with AIM and MSN users.

2) What client? If I do go with multiple services, which is the best client to use all at the same time.

3) Where can I find a good web resource?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:03 PM   #2
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Check out Trillian.

It combines several services: ICQ, AIM, MSN IM, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. There's a free version and a pro/extended features version ($25).

Actually Alexander got me hooked on it, and we use it periodically to communicate.

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Old 07-15-2004, 03:15 PM   #3
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AFAIK, there is no way currently to chat with a user on a different service than you are on: eg., if you are signed in to Yahoo, you cannot send an IM to someone logged into MSN. But Trillian allows you to manage logins to all the different groups at once, so you can (more or less) converse with people logged in to all the services. So I'll second Sunshine, and say I recommend it (and the free version is plenty for most people). I use it a lot (often to chat with Alex!).

As an aside, I have found that I prefer AIM to the others, one reason being that is the only (I think) that allows you to be logged in from multiple locations simultaneously, so that I can work on multiple computers and have it running on all of them. Though generally they seem pretty much the same.

Speaking of unifying the services, Slashdot had this today: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/15/1157241
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for both responses. I gonna check out Trillian. Do you have to be a subscriber to AOL to use AIM?

Ignatz, actually, that was the article that triggered me to remember that I wanted to do this.
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Old 07-15-2004, 04:31 PM   #5
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Do you have to be a subscriber to AOL to use AIM?
Nope. You can just sign up for AIM. Though I'll warn you, you have to be pretty damned creative to come up with a name that's not taken. I went through several names that I use that are NEVER taken, and they were ALL taken. Finally I landed on "ohyesiwilleatyou" (intended purely in the monster sense, I assure you).
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:07 PM   #6
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I'd make sure to also sign up for Yahoo IM, because it is the only one I know which you can use (with the appropriate client like Trillian Pro) for Webcam conferences.
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:55 PM   #7
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Well I got close to the one I wanted. If anyone cares to help me test the client, I am at bigdaug68 on AIM and Yahoo Messenger. I am signing up for MSN now.
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Old 07-21-2004, 03:59 PM   #8
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Thierry, you can add your IM info to your user profile - makes it easier in future to contact you.

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Old 07-21-2004, 04:10 PM   #9
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Terrific idea Morpheus. Thanks.
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