Instant messaging (IM) is nothing but a type of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. The text is communicated through various devices connected over a network such as the Internet. There are several instant messaging services through which you can send messages to your friends and relatives worldwide in a jiffy.
Digsby is a popular instant messaging service which faced some setbacks after getting crapware in their installer. Digsby has many chat networks which can help you combine your friends’ various usernames into one single entry on the list of contacts. Through IMAP and POP3, this messaging service supports email notifications for several web-based email services.
Adium is a popular instant messaging service for Mac OS X. It is a free and popular instant messaging client that supports multiple IM networks, such as Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, XMPP, AIM and ICQ. This messaging service also supports social networking services such as Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook, MySpace among others. If you’d like to keep things confidential, Adium also offers the facility of record messaging.
Pidgin offers the advantage of downloading plug-ins using which you can enhance your chat experience. You can also connect to social networks, encrypt your conversations and do a great deal more.
Meebo is another well-known immediate web based messaging solution. Registration is optional in case you are using a single service like Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger or Google Talk; you can simply use that particular service to log into it through Meebo.
Created by Cerulean Studios, Trillian is a immediate messaging facility for Windows that can connect to several services, such as ICQ, AIM, Windows Messenger, IRC, Skype networks and others.