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.
A global social networking website, Facebook is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. By using this immediate messaging facility users can add friends and send messages to them. By adding your personal profiles you can notify it to relatives and friends. You can also become a member of networks organized by region, workplace, city or school.
A free social networking and micro-blogging service, Twitter helps its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets refer to text-based posts of up to 140 characters which are shown on the profile page of the author and delivered to followers or subscribers. Senders can allow open access or limit delivery to their near and dear ones.
8. MSN messenger
Windows Messenger is another instant messaging service which is popular. It is included in the Windows XP operating system. It is created for use by both corporate and home use. It was originally intended to be an integrated and streamlined version of MSN Messenger. The service attracts over 330 million active users each month.
9. AOL instant messaging
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an immediate messaging and program which makes use of TOC protocol and the Oscar immediate application for enabling registered users to communicate in real time. In May 1997, it was released by AOL.
10. Google Talk
Google Talk is a free Windows web based application used for purposes of instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VOIP), provided by Google Inc. On August 24, 2005 the first beta version of this program was released. XMPP, is another open protocol that is used for instant messaging between the Google Talk servers and its clients, allowing other XMPP users also to communicate with Google Talk users.