10 Multi-Protocol IM Clients to Help You Stay in Touch Online

The surge of web 2.0 tools and applications brought many options for us to communicate with our online friends through instant messaging clients. And with the various IM clients comes the need to integrate them all under one, IM client that can support not just one but several different IM clients. Hence, the need for multi-IM protocol. Here are 10 of them, multi protocol instant messaging clients. Choose wisely and use the one that works with all the IM software that you use.

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Adium – free IM for Mac OS X that supports AOL IM, Jabber, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MySpace IM, Gadu Gadu, Bonjour, Novell Groupwise, QQ, Lotus Sametime. Features OTR encryption, tabbed messaging, file transfer, webkit message display.

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Digsby – as a multi-client IM works with AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber in one simple to manage buddy list. It also works as an email notification and social networking tool.

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Instantbird – a powerful IM that uses the Mozilla rendering engine and Pidgin that works with AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, QQ, XMPP, Yahoo.

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Instant-t – lets you communicate with your MSN, AOL, GTalk, Yahoo and ICQ buddies. Features multi-person video chat on any IM network.

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Meetro – is both a location aware IM client and real-time social network that works with AIM, ICQ, MSN, or Yahoo. What’s good about Meetro is that it is location based so you’d have the opportunity to meet a Meetro member within your locality if you find him/her on the Meetro network.

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Meca – lets you connect with your friends in MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and AIM under one messenger and lets you receive exclusive IM Broadcasts with links to hot content and fun facts without leaving your messenger.

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Meebo – instant messaging from anywhere. Works with AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber.

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Miranda IM – very light and does not exhaust your system resources, works with various IM protocols including AIM, Gadu-Gadu, IAX, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Netsend, TLen, Yahoo and more.

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Pidgin – works with AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, Zephyr. Runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.

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Social IM – Social IM for Facebook users.