Diggin’ the Digsby
The Not-As-Short-But-Worth-Reading-Anyway: My history with Instant Messaging has been pretty spotty. I first got into it in college with ICQ. ICQ assigned numbers to each person that registered. I always felt good about my 1,217,861 number. It’s unclear if they started at 1, but there are some 109,xxx numbers. I just signed up to see where they were at now: 435,231,825. That’s 434 million accounts created since I first signed up. Wow.
ICQ was eventually purchased and far surpassed by AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM). I never cared for AIM much, but I signed up (jasonthedce) anyway. Next was Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, Jabber and more. Eventually I fell out of the IM thing because it was just too hard to manage so many accounts and there was never a clear winner.
Trillian was my first experience with a software that could handle all of those services and more. I got back into it for a while, then quit because the software was too slow for my liking and it was becoming a productivity drain at the office. About 2 months ago, I decided to get serious about IM again since so many of our youth use it, but what software to use?
Enter Digsby, a multi-service IM client, but with an added bonus: It also tracks Facebook, Gmail (and other web email solutions), MySpace and Twitter. After running it for about 3 weeks, I’d highly recommend it if you’re into chatting with people.