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The Best Online Multiprotocol Instant Messenger

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There are many popular multiprotocol instant messengers(Trillian, GAIM…) which connects to many accounts such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL… all through a single client. But these are all windows based desktop applications. It requires you to have the client installed in your system before you can use it. What if you need to access your IM accounts similar to multiprotocol messaging system, but you don’t have privileges to install anything ?

Here comes the need for online instant messaging applications. There are very few online applications as of now which supports multiprotocol instant messaging. One such web 2.0 application which serves this purpose is Meebo.


Meebo supports IM programs such as AOL, ICQ, Yahoo!, Jabber(Gtalk) and MSN. You can login to all the accounts in a single session and chat with your friends in all the IM programs in the same session. This is really cool feature.

You are also provided with the convenience of registering with Meebo so that you don’t have to login to all the accounts each time you visit Meebo. They also have plans to include the chat save feature, so that all your conversations are stored in your Meebo account.

So whats missing ? As of now you cannot use all those Voice features, Video chat, conference etc. The application is very basic which just supports text chatting. Even the number of smilies are limited. But keep in mind that this AJAX application is in alpha stage and for an alpha its amazing. I’m sure you’ll have all those extra features available in Yahoo messenger quite soon in Meebo too.

I personally feel Meebo is much better than using the individual IM clients. There are also other competitors such as Goowy which is yet to release this IM feature.

Written by lokesh

March 13, 2006 at 5:59 pm

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  1. eBuddy

    I prefer to use eBuddy, it doesn’t have multiple IM login yet. But there recent funding deal may help them to develop this feat. as well.

    eBuddy has a great look n field and has more features than Meebo. I read that u can also use eBuddy on a mobile phone… how sweet is that!

    The only issue you may have with eBuddy is that they have ads on their site. For me its not a problem, it doesn’t do harm what so ever. These guys probably need to pay a couple bills, to keep their site running, so it makes sense the have a few ads.



    November 21, 2006 at 2:21 pm

  2. I’m just curious…are all of these multi-protocol IMs at the mercy of workplace firewalls or no? I ask this because I’d like to see if I can use one of these IMs at work to decrease the e-mail traffic back and forth with a co-worker who I have to interact with daily (all day) for work purposes. The single protocol wants don’t seem to work nor does Trillian and Omega. Any thoughts?

    Sung N. Kim

    March 14, 2008 at 3:57 am

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