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I don't chat (or SMS). Tried both once and found it a highly inefficient way to communicate. The main conclusion probably is that I am getting really old.
ICQ... and MSN a bit, but just because we have to use MSN at work (temporary need it for testing).
I use ICQ; beats the others hands down.
I've been using a really old text / telnet based BBS system at http://mono.org since 1992, which preceeded all GUI based chat and discussion rooms, and it somehow seems to have survived well. Never used ICQ, AOL or MSN.
Better than being unemployed....
I used ICQ for several years, until I finally got tired of its UI and all its "bell and whistles"... I was delighted by MSN's simple and useful UI, with only the features that I wanted, plus a few more buried where they don't hinder (and it's already installed). All my friends, family, and colleagues use MSN, so that's all I use.
Napoleon Hill :-)
I use MSN, AIM, ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger, thanks to Trillian. Won't catch me on IRC, though -- while I like keeping in contact with friends even when they're halfway around the planet, I'm strictly a one-to-one communicator. Group chat drives me bonkers.
AIM continues to appear to have a stranglehold but I expect MSN to take over since it is the platform likely to be used for business.
It seems to me that everyone people I know use AOL and also may use their email provider's IM client (Yahoo or MSN) because of the email notification feature. I know one person using Yahoo just for that reason but he also often uses AOL. I know a few people w/ Hotmail accounts or MSN as an ISP so they are also on both AOL and MSN.
I use ICQ as all my friends use it.
I use jabber. It's an open protocol, and my friends use it. I especially like how all the implementations I've used have the 'debug xml' option, so I can send around the xml and see what it does, all in a nice gui interface.
I used to use ICQ, since that's where my friends were. I was never very easy with the way it worked from the start, and each release just made it feel bulkier, slower and more stupid. Their introduction of ad banners was the final straw, but I doubt I would have stayed on it much longer anyway.
Personally I liked (or like) a lot of the features in ICQ, e.g. the SMS sending feature, but it's just too complicated for a lot of people, e.g. my little sister. MSN on the other hand is REALLY simple to use. You can do that many fancy things with it, but some people don't really care.
I stopped using MSN because none of my friends use it. I mostly use Yahoo, AIM, and I also linger on IRC (undernet) as I have for years simply because I have come know people there. It's kind of funny knowing people for so long but never meeting them because they are on the other side of the world.
A lot of people seemed to like the SMS feature... this is probably something that would have made me like ICQ more (though certainly not enough to put up with the ads) if it had actually worked. Out of about 7 or 8 attempted SMS messages I only ever got one through. Didn't anyone else have these problems? Is it that ICq only works properly for SMS in North America?
You must check to see which companies accept the ICQ SMS feature.
By the way? What ads on ICQ? I have never seen any using the control center and SMS feature: ditto for using the web site.
What ads? The ads on the actual message windows. Don't tell me they've removed them now or something?
I actually like the trillian interface a lot. I find it as simple as any other IM to do straight chat, and it includes most of the useful features that are specific to each environment. I started out by using ICQ, but it quickly became slow and bulky, so me and all my online friends switched to MSN. However, all my college friends used YM (you can see where this is going ...), and for a while I actually had 3 messengers sitting on the taskbar. Now trillian does everything in a great way, and I like its UI the best, so I would have probably used it even if I was only on one service. In linux, its gaim, mainly for the multiprotocol support.
Trillian is the best
By the way, what ads in ICQ?:) It`s easy to remove them and also lots of other things in ICQ, just download and apply the patch.
Miranda (miranda-icq.sourceforge.net) is THE ICQ client, period.
Used to have ICQ. Always hated it. They must have hired expert UI designers, and then ask them to come up with the most horrible things they could imagine.
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I used to use ICQ back when it was by far the most popular service (before MSN was really used). However since then people have been moving to other systems and the people I needed to talk to were fairly evenly spread over ICQ, MSN and AIM. So I got Trillian ( www.trillian.cc ) which allows you to use ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo and IRC from one program. I don't use Instant Messenging a huge amount but it's the most convenient way to communicate with some people so I do still use it.
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