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About messengers (aka Chat Clients or Communications Consoles)
Essentially, they improve your communications abilities for free. The idea is that you build a list of contacts and messaging is a little like e-mail, except it's instant so you can hold two-way chats in real time. The software that connects you to the messaging network is called your client. Clients are not equal and some networks are more populated than others.

What is ICQ®?
ICQ® (pronounced I-Seek-You) has over 25 million users and is the single largest chat network. Because of its size, you will find that most nuws.net members are on this network. Although several clients allow you to connect to the ICQ® network, only ICQ® (formerly Mirabilis® ICQ™) and Trillian™ allow you open a new account.

 

Windows™ compatible clients
Note: stated features not guaranteed accurate and rating is only an opinion. Marks remain the property of their respective owners.
Client Type
ICQ
MSN
AOL
Yahoo
Other
Secure
SMS
Emoticons
Skins
E-mail notification
AIM/Netscape
Freeware
-
-
YES
-
-
-
-
YES
-
AOL
Netscape
Jabber
Freeware
YES
YES
-
YES
Jabber
-
-
-
-
-
Kunani
Sorry, this IM is just too awkward and too buggy!
Freeware
YES
YES
YES
YES
Jabber
-
-
-
-
POP3
Mirabilis
Bannerware
YES
-
-
-
-
-
YES
-
YES*
ICQmail
nuws.net
POP3
Miranda
Freeware
YES
YES
-
-
-
YES
YES
-
YES*
POP3
MSN
Freeware
-
YES
-
-
-
-
-
YES
-
MSN/Hotmail
Odigo
Bannerware
YES
YES
YES
YES*
Odigo
-
YES*
-
YES*
MSN/Hotmail*
Yahoo*
POP3
Sonork
Freeware
-
-
-
-
Sonork
YES
-
-
-
-
Trillian
Freeware/
Donation
YES
YES
YES
YES
IRC
YES
-
YES
YES
AOL
MSN/Hotmail
nuws.net
Yahoo
Yahoo
Freeware
-
-
-
YES
-
-
-
YES
-
Yahoo

* Means the feature is supported, but you may find restrictions

Example image of theTrillian Instant Messenger Choosing the right client
If you don't already, you will probably eventually want to contact someone who is on a different network which normally means installing a second client. You would soon tire of using more than one chat client and it's for this reason that I suggest you consider a client which supports mulitple networks. However, such clients often come with limitations...

The limitations of non-native clients
Remember that chat networks are privately owned. The main ones are owned AOL®, MSN® and Yahoo®. Each will normally maintain two sets of protocols. One fully featured protocol which is used by their proprietory client and one simplified version which third party developers are allowed to utilise in their clients. Fortunately, you can't normally tell the difference, but you might...

Robots
Computers that may appear in your list of contacts! They perform tasks such as searching the web, translating text, displaying news or even just fooling around.

SmarterChild™ is one of the best but only available on AOL® and Odigo® networks. I have used it with AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM), Odigo®, Odigo® Express™ and Trillian™. AIM users should add a new contact with nickname: SmarterChild. Odigo® users should add a new contact with ID #33. Send a message saying Hi to get started.

 

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