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For a comparison of mobile Internet Relay Chat clients, see Comparison of mobile Internet Relay Chat clients.
It’s pretty new, but it’s an absolute must-have if you connect with friends via IM.Otherwise, it's the Skype you already know and love -- the focus is on real face-time, but the text messenger is perfectly serviceable as well, with desktop clients for Windows and OS X, and i OS, Android and Windows Phone (duh) apps tagging along as well.Facebook Messenger Yeah, believe it or not, people do more than just cyberbullying and trolling drunken photos on Facebook.It integrates well into OS X, doesn't use many resources, and just like Pidgin, doesn't feel the need to tell the whole world that you're using it. In fact, it could be argued that instant messaging (IM) is the way forward for social networks, which is why you have Facebook buying Whats App for $19 billion and Twitter opening up its Direct Messages.It's a simple, no-frills cross-platform messenger built on Jabber (XMPP).
Yes, you can get at it from a web client in GMail; there's also desktop clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux, not to mention a neat little Android app.
Yahoo Messenger You remember Yahoo, right, that Google rival that's now notable for owning Flickr and...yeah, that's pretty much it.
Well, like any self-respecting internet big-gun wannabe these days, it's got an instant messaging program.
It's got all the features you'd expect from a desktop client -- typing notifications, away notifications, myriad kitchen sinks -- and it also supports plug-ins, so you can get add-on capability for things like Twitter and
Also, the open-source nature of the product means that unlike other programs (*cough* Digsby *cough*), it doesn't change your status from 'Online' to 'Online -- using Digsby Instant Messeger, THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD AND UNICORN POO'.
And yes, the list of protocols it supports is pretty damn comprehensive.