what do you think about this?
I stract this from an article in joelonsoftware, so, what do you think about this now, when msn messenger is the most important chat system??
ICQ's been around since the dark ages of the Internet. AOL was the world's #1 online service since the dark ages of the Internet (anyone remember Compuserve and Prodigy - their primary competition). Of course those are the largest IM services.
I switched from ICQ to MSN Messenger when its kitchen sink got in the way of usability. Same exact thing happened with Winamp 3 and Media Player 9. I don't need no stinking Thinger.
That's probably why ICQ Lite exists. I like ICQ because of it's chat feature where you can see what someone is typing as they're typing. It's a fascinating way to communicate with someone. That's pretty much the only reason I use it, I have trillian for everything else.
As far as what IM service I use - it's the one all my friends use, AIM.
I have accounts on all 4, because I know people on all 4. Most of the Windows developers I know are on MSN, so my contact list is probably running about 75% MSN. Next highest is Yahoo, with AIM and ICQ a very, very distant 3rd and 4th.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I started on ICQ, went to Yahoo Messenger, and now I mostly use AIM. I use whatever network my friends are on, and just get used to the slight differences in the clients.
I have used several IM programs, including ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger.
Clearly y'all have a different idea of what constitutes the dark age of the Internet...
I don't use any instant messager. I don't want to be distracted from thinking about what I want to think about. I also turn off any mail notification, and I only answer the phone if I feel like it. I don't have an attitude, I want to concentrate so I can be productive.
started with ICQ (can you say wost UI ever?), bit the bullit and switched to Messenger exclusively. Appart from some initial complaining by some, all my contacts followed (though the majority still use multiple networks). No regrets.
Just me (Sir to you)
Speaking of ICQ's user interface, on a similar theme is their website: ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS WEBSITE. I'm just speaking of my own personal opinion, however they attempt to stick everything possible on the initial page, leading to page overload: Ctrl-F is necessary to find anything on that page.
ICQ's original website (back when it was owned by Mirabilis) got the Webby Award for Worst Business Website one year, as I recall.
Brent P. Newhall
Why not just use Odigo? http://www.odigo.org
We use messenger quite a lot internally now. Especialy in open plan offices it is far less disturbiung than phone calls for just a quick message or short answer info question.
Just me (Sir to you)
I use Trillian (http://www.trillian.cc) because it lets me use ICQ and MSN (and Yahoo and AIM) all at the same time with one client.
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