First we had a look at how you all use your browser, then how you listen to music and watch videos; now it's time to find out about instant messaging! With all the IM apps out there you could be using none, any one, or any combination, from web based, to desktop based, from one service, to multiple services, so how do you keep in touch?
I used to use MSN exclusively in the good old days, but now I mainly use a combination of Skype and Meebo and in some cases,Digsby. I am not permanently signed on to any network, I do not like distractions, and I either see most of my friends every week, or email them or call them. For clients and friends abroad we also usually use email, or Skype, if any other networks come up, I use Meebo.
However, I like Digsby a lot, since it supports a lot of networks, has email and twitter built in and some nifty added extras which make it the best all round IM client out there in my opinion. Overall though I am a solitary kind of guy, especially when I'm working, so I don't really need it a lot. Which is your favorite client, how do you use IM networks? Let us know in the comments!
Update: Digsby is still begin updated regularly, and the developers have added lots of features into the program over the years. The application supports email now for instance, ties in easily with popular email solutions like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and other IMAP or POP accounts.
It also ties in with social networking accounts to keep you up to date with status updates and everything that is going on there. The client supports Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn.
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