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    If you can ONLY have 1 IM program .....

    Just curious as to which 1 IM client would be your pick .....

    I know there are integrated IM clients such as Odigo and Imici which will consolidate all the major IMs. But I am taking a vote here only for the main 4: AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ.

    Remember ..... ONLY 1

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    ICQ without a doubt!

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    Jabber or Odigo. Both programs support ICQ, AIM, MSN and Yahoo Messenger.


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    ICQ without a doubt.

    Odigo and Jabber have good potential if they ever get to be stable software. Until that happens though, there is no way I will use them.

    MSN, Yahoo and AIM have a couple of decent features but since they have no message history, they aren't worth it.

    It would be better if the three big IM companies, Microsoft Yahoo and AOL (owns both ICQ and AIM), would get together and finalize a simple standard so intercommunication is possible between all the different IM's and it wouldn't matter.

    It isn't like I have to worry about using a particular program to access other portions of the Internet (email, www, ftp, gopher, wais, telnet, etc...), why should I have to for Instant Messaging?
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    I chose MSN Messenger. Its protocol is easily replicated and well-documented. MS's Windows client isn't intrusive like ICQ or AIM, and it's pretty easy to use.

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    I'd use MSN messenger. Sure there's no message history, but it also doesn't start a popup window when you log on or clutter your messages with larger-than-life smileys. Ugh.

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    Also, the MSN IM chat windows can be copied from, unlike ICQ's. Any important conversations I have I just select all, then copy, and save to a file somewhere. Most other conversations I probably wouldn't want to be logged

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    I use AIM because that's what all of my friends have. I don't really care about logging every conversation.

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    I only have ICQ, and I rarely use that.

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    If I had to choose just one, I would choose AIM simply because the majority of my contacts are on it (including all those AOL users). If I had to pick my favorite, though, it would be ICQ.

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    I use ICQ. Logging conversations is very important, especially if you have tons of contacts and you can't remember what was the last conversation you had them.

    I also like the SMS features of ICQ.

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    In Linux I'm using a program called everybuddy. It lets you talk with ICQ/AIM/MSN/Y users like Gabber/Jabber, but is actually stable. There isn't a windows client I don't think.

    To answer the question, I think ICQ is best overall, but I use MSN M more than anything else simply because it isn't obtrusive and just about everyone I regularly chat with uses it. However, ICQ has many more users than MSN M, so I do use that now and then. Now that I started using Everybuddy, in one program I'll be talking with, well, everybody

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    I am probably the only one that would disagree with you Aidan, on everybuddy being stable. It freezes all the time for me. It is probably due to my lack of knowledge with Linux, since I just installed it.

    Man, it has been a while since I've posted on this site.

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    I have AOL IM 4.4 alpha which has logging

    I think ICQ really for me cause I have the most people on there but if I only had one I might be twisted to MSN since the person that I would want to talk to must is on there and she is like the only reason I have MSN because the client itself is behind all the others.
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    Here is something I don't understand...

    Why does AOL insist on two different protocols for Instant Messaging? They own both ICQ and AIM so why not combine the two into one system and allow full interactivity between all 80 million of thier users?

    This would be the best route to follow instead of spending millions upon millions developing the disparate systems.
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    Because its AOL!

    They haven't caught on to that idea yet...

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    Originally posted by Sparkie
    I'd use MSN messenger. Sure there's no message history, but it also doesn't start a popup window when you log on or clutter your messages with larger-than-life smileys. Ugh.
    That's why I use ICQ98. I had copied that onto a floppy back in early 99 when I had to reformat and just decided to keep it. Thank God as the next time I tried to download ICQ from the website, I found out that the newest version SUCKED!

    Too many feautures, too many annoying things going on and more. So...if you want a STRIPPED down version of ICQ that is totally stable contact me and I will give you send you my version of ICQ98.

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    crap...dupe post...

    could an admin delete this please?
    Last edited by creole; May 30, 2001 at 07:00.
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    yeah, how come you can't delete posts here on sitepoint?


    Anyways, ICQ *used* to be good before it became "bloat-ware" It's got so much crap, that it tends to be less stable than some of the others and take up more of your system resources. I'll pass on it for now...


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