Like Meebo, Imo.im offers you the option to connect to various instant messengers using a simple web interface. Imo.im lets you connect to the following four popular instant messengers: AIM, Yahoo, MSN and Google Talk.
The service that Imo.im offers is free and easy to use. Just enter your username and password and select the service that you want to log in to.
It is possible to sign on into more than one account at a time. By using the Link Accounts feature you can link those accounts which has the following result: as soon as you sign in to one account you are automatically logged in to all other linked accounts as well so that you do not need to do so manually for each account.
Imo.im offers one more feature that separates it from other websites that let you log into your instant messenger. The so called Group Chat feature lets you invite buddies from all four instant messengers that are currently supported. This way you can chat with everyone even if they do use a different instant messenger. Buddies do not have to sign into Imo.im to use the group chat feature. This is only be necessary if they want to invite other users by themselves.
I personally think that Imo.im is already a great alternative to Meebo, especially if Meebo has been banned from your network. This new service is surely new enough so that it is unlikely that it is already banned in your network. Imo.im is still a early alpha but already working fine in my opinion. If you did try Imo.im let me know how you like the service.
Update: Imo.im is available and no longer in alpha or beta status. The service is not available as a web service anymore, but also as a mobile client for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones.
It supports the following services now: MSN, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo, Steam, VKontakte, Jabber, AIM and ICQ.
The developers have added a number of new features to the service besides the already mentioned mobile applications. You can now for instance send voice messages to friends or access the chat history which the service makes available.
Update 2: Imo.im has just announced on the official company blog that support for all third-party messaging networks will be discontinued. If you use the service for that, you can visit the site to download your history from it before it becomes unavailable.Advertisement
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