What is the best IM out there/

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Jon-Luke, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Jon-Luke macrumors 6502

    Jon-Luke

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    #1
    I'm looking for the best IM service out there...

    Something that is free. Something that will also work on my iPhone preferably with Push Notification.

    My main need is that its some kind of App that will allow me to chat across various services (some of my friends use Facebook, some use Skype IM, some use aim, some yahoo, some msn and some are on ICQ). Its just too many different IM services to keep up with. Is there a program out there that can talk to everyone and keep things simple?

    If not - Please listen up programming people, there is a need out there to simplify. Please help!

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

    iMJustAGuy

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    #2
    Trillian Astra is more than perfect. I am almost 100% positive that you will not find one that you like better. (But I could be wrong). And its FREE :D.

    http://www.trillian.im/learn/


    It can run the following:

    Astra
    AIM
    Yahoo!
    ICQ
    Windows Live (MSN)
    MySpaceIM
    Google Talk
    Jabber/XMPP
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Skype
    Bonjour
    IRC
    POP3 Mail
    IMAP Mail

    And yes, they do have an iPhone version.
    Also available for Windows and they have a Web version.
    Mac version is in developement but they do have public beta available (I think?)

    EDIT: I don't know if the iPhone app is free or not...
     
  3. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I like Adium. I know it can handle the biggies like AIM, MSN messenger, ICQ, Facebook, etc. The only one I'm not sure about is Skype. It's easy to use and configure and has a lot of options. Plus, I love the cute little duck icon. He flaps when you have a new message. :)

    http://adium.im/

    Edit: Well, it looks like there isn't an iPhone version of Adium. From looking on the site, it appears it will be a while before they have one. I have no idea on the Iphone side.
     
  4. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

    iMJustAGuy

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    #4
    +1 LOL!!!

    I don't think skype allows any third party to access it.
     
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604

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  6. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

    iMJustAGuy

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    #7
    ^Yes, but isn't that like 10 bucks?


    I GET A PICTURE NOW!!!! WOOT!!! HAPPY 500 POST TO ME :)))))))


    EDIT: It won't let me :( The only thing there is a radio button that says "do not use" and I can't deselect it nor is there an upload option... :(

    EDITED EDIT: Arn't you people glad some of us do our homework :rolleyes:

    I can't upload an avatar

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  7. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    Adium with out a doubt. Easy to use, great features. Just Greatness
     

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