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Trillian Astra beta goes public, multi-protocol chat for everyone

Trillian has launched a public beta of Trillian Astra, the company's updated chat client for AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google, and other instant messaging service. Trillian Astra also lets you update your status on Facebok and Twitter, something earlier versions of the IM client couldn't do. The application has been in private testing for what seems like forever, but a few months ago the compan...

Digsby Alpha reduces CPU usage, offers smoother performance

Digsby is a multi-protocol chat and social networking client that lets you update your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter status or chat with your AIM, Windows Live, Google Talk, or Yahoo! Messenger. Overall, it's a pretty awesome little utility if you'd rather use one application to track all of your accounts at once. But it's historically been a bit of a resource hog. Now there's a new alpha version...

Trillian Astra beta invites easy to snag (multi-protocol IM client)

Remember the first time you realized that not all of your friends used the same instant messaging service? If you were on AIM and they were using MSN messenger you either had to sign up for a new service and run two desktop applications or shoot them frequent emails. And then came Trillian, one of the first programs to let users interact with contacts on multiple IM networks from a single applic...

Meebo adds Facebook, MySpace IM to its web-based chat service

Meebo is a web-based chat client that lets you keep up with your AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Windows Live Messenger contacts. Now Meebo has rolled out support for two more chat clients: Facebook and MySpace. The move makes sense, since Meebo's goal is to allow you to chat with all of your contacts in one space. But you still need to have a web browser open to use Meebo, which is why I general...

AIM Blast: finally, you can IM multiple buddies at once

AIM Blast is a new AOL Instant Messenger feature that makes me feel old, because I just realized that it's been a decade since I first wondered why there was no way to IM multiple buddies without opening a chatroom. Well, it's finally here, and it works pretty well. You can't make a Blast Group from within AIM, but if you go to blast.aim.com, you can set up and edit a group from there. Blast see...

Digsby multi-protocol chat client seriously cuts RAM usage

Digsby is probably one of the coolest free Windows applications released in recent memory. The utility is like Pidgin mashed up with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, and it has email notifiers for Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail as well as other services thrown in for good measure. There's just one problem: Digsby is a major resource hog. Early builds of Digsby have been known to eat over 100MB o...

AOL released updated instant messenger for Windows Mobile

It's been a while since AOL launched an updated version if its instant messenger for Windows Mobile. The new version is still in beta, but it has some nifty features that make it worth checking out. The first thing you'll notice is that the interface is much more attractive. But it's also more useful. When you first login you're greeted with a buddy list. You can double tap on any contact to ente...

AOL gives out $100,000 in prizes to AIM plugin coders

AOL is getting serious about opening up its popular instant messenger application. A few months ago the company launched the Open AIM initiative, making available the APIs and documentation developers need to add AIM features to third party applications or to develop third party plugins for AIM. Now AOL, which happens to be this blog's parent company, has announced the winners of a $100,000 design...

Digsby adds audio, video, and Twitter, drops private beta

Digsby, the instant messaging, social networking, email super-tool we first told you about last month launches its public beta today. That means you can sign up without an invitation code. The latest version of the Digsby client also has ton of new features: Twitter support Audio and video chat through a partnership with ToxBox Spell checking New "listening to..." status box will automa...

Chat with your Facebook contacts with Social.im

Look, we know you've already got about two dozen chat clients installed on your computer so you can keep in touch with your contacts using instant messengers from Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, and other services (seriously haven't you ever heard of Pidgin?) But the latest entry in the instant messaging game is actually worth taking a look at. Social.im is an instant messaging client that lets you cha...

Meebo gets into games

About a month ago Meebo announced they had a new third party development platform. With it, developers can create multi user applications where users can connect to each other. Now the fun starts rolling out, starting with games. With over 200 registered developers, Meebo has pushed out 20 multiplayer games and made them available for users to play through the online instant messaging platform. So...

Is Google adding multi-protocol chat to Gmail?

It looks like Google may be planning some new Gmail features. Many users are already noticing a "newer version" of the Gmail interface with faster page loading and an expanded contact manager. But did you notice that you can choose from a list of instant message services to flesh out our contact profile? Kind of funny, since you can only chat with other Gmail/GTalk users from within the Gmail inte...

Imo.Im - new app to video chat via IM from ex-Googlettes

Imo.Im is a web based instant messaging service, from former Google employees, that lets you IM your friends from various IM clients, such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, and Yahoo Messenger. This aggregator service is similar to Meebo and e-buddy. Now that's all well and good, but they just added video chat to really get the party going. Now you can video chat with your friends using a web cam with j...

Instantbird: Mozilla does chat

We're starting to think there's nothing you can't build on top of Mozilla. There's the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird e-mail client, Songbird music player/browser, and now it looks like we've got a Mozilla-based instant messaging client. Instantbird is still in early beta. But version 0.1 already shows some promise. The application is a multi-client chat program letting you connect to popular ...

Cerulean is developing Trillian IM client to OS X

You've got friends using AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, and Google's instant messenger clients. You could install four different applications, or you could use a multi-protocol chat client like Pidgin, Miranda, or Trillian. For mac users, the undisputed champion of multi-chat clients is Adium. Like all things Mac, the program has a cult-following and probably for good reason. It's a robust chat application tha...