Is AOL a must for ichat, when not what do you use ??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by igmolinav, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    I am setting up ichat and I don't have an AOL account.
    (I was required to give an AOL pasword in order to

    Is AOL a must for ichat, when not what other
    alternatives can one use ??

    If you have an AOL account tell me if it is worth it.
    I'll open the free account if it is worth it.

    Thank you very much in advance,

  2. Aperture macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2006
    AIM is worth it considering it is the most popular and widely used protocol that is supported by iChat. & considering it is free, why not sign up?
  3. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    It depends what your friends use....

    If you don't have any friends on AIM, it's not that useful to you.

    All mine are on AIM, so it's what I use.
  4. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    Definitely go by what most of your friends use. And with iChat, you can have a lot of different buddy lists open at the same time anyway.
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    everyone uses MSN no i use Adium. thats right i dont use the microsoft MSN client for Mac as its the wooorrrrst.

    i would love it if everyone used AIM so i could use iChat, but it seamed microsoft got to the norm by buying Hotmail and bundling messenger with windows XP.
  6. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    Same thing over here in the UK.

    I use Adium. Now, the only thing iChat offers me over Adium is the Screen Sharing support with other Macs (Which isn't really that needed anyway) since I can use Mebeam perfectly well to do video chatting.

    Plus Adium is more customizable... if only it could support Skype!

    In response to the OP, find out what your friends use and make your decisions from there. It would be a bad move to get into using AIM if they all use MSN or Yahoo!
  7. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005
    Thank you very much for your kind responses : ) !!!
  8. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    I vote for Adium as well. MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM and more... They all work. The only thing that it doesn't do is Videochat, so if that is your thing you will have to stick to iChat.

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