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Instant Messenger service
Tell me oh internet.
Which of the instant messenger networks is least terrible these days?

I know stuff like facebook and google have them like, built into web pages, but I'm ... less sure there actually much cop. Not least because of their binary-state-ness of either being online, or offline. I'd like something that lets me be a bit more selective. Preferably something that'll still deliver messages whilst offline, which ISTR once upon a time, MSN didn't. Have used MSN, ICQ in the past, and probably still have login details.

Does anyone still use these things?
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 24th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, that's the one. ICQ used to have the option to be 'invisible to most people' which I kinda liked. But I'll settle for a 'not here really, apart from the people I'm specifically chatting to'
ammos From: ammos Date: May 24th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
MSN also has an appear offline yet you can send messages to people you want to talk to!I have msn used to have ICQ still have the google one but few people I know use it.
erjholton From: erjholton Date: May 24th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
MSN seems to be the most functional out of the "Big three" of MSN, Yahoo! and AOL. ICQ is a niche player these days.

Or you could install Pidgin or Trillian and use all of 'em, which is what I've done as my friends have fragmented over the various networks over time.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 24th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm mostly thinking from the point of view of introducing someone new to it. I can use ... whatever, but I'd imagine some are better choices for new users than others :)
mcnazgul From: mcnazgul Date: May 24th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
As someone who's currently out of patience with IM, I'll still endorse Pidgin as easy to use and able to talk cross-platform.
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phyrbyrd From: phyrbyrd Date: May 24th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use AIM. I DID use MSN, but then most of the people I was talking to transferred to AIM so it became a bit of a moot point.
Also, MSN opens a new window for each person you're talking to, which I consider a Bad Thing.
xarrion From: xarrion Date: May 24th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm on 'em all via Trillian, but my personal preference has always been Yahoo (for service, not client), due to having invisible mode + offline messaging from the get-go. IIRC MSN doesn't/didn't allow you to send messages to someone if they weren't visible to you.
erjholton From: erjholton Date: May 25th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It does these days.
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