Digsby: Manage multiple social networks, e-mail, IM accounts - 5000 invites!
Digsby is a desktop client that lets you chat with contacts no matter which IM service they use. It also includes an e-mail notifier, and a pop up screen for keeping track of Facebook and MySpace updates. You can even add a Digsby chat window to your Facebook page so that anyone viewing your profile can send you instant messages which you can reply to using Digsby.
When you first run Digsby, you'll be prompted to add accounts for each service you want to use. Under IM, you can choose AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, and Jabber. For e-mail, you have a choice of Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, or any POP or IMAP e-mail service.
The social network options are a bit more limited. Right now you can only choose Facebook and MySpace. We'd love to see support for Friendster, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites.
Overall we're pretty impressed with Digsby. It offers a nice range of features and customization options. For example, you can choose to view email notifications in the application only, or in your system tray. You can arrange your buddy/contact window an almost infinite number of ways.
If Digsby had support for Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, we'd never have any need for Flock or 8hands. But since this is an early release we're holding out hope that we'll see support for more social networks in the future.
If you want to take Digsby for a spin, just download and install the application and enter "dlsquad" when asked for an invite code. Digsby supports Windows XP and Vista at the moment. Mac and Linux clients are under development.