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Digsby

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With so many ways to network and socialize online, you may find it difficult to keep track of everything. Digsby promises to help keep chat, e-mail, and social networking conversations in one convenient place, but it didn't work exactly as we expected.

This freeware program looks a great deal like other popular chat programs, such as AIM. With a skinny rectangular box running along the side of your computer, a prompt to add accounts helps you get started. From here you will find a menu of seven different IM programs to choose from, six different e-mail programs, and four different social networking sites. When selected, each simply asks for your log-in and password and connects to the system. Your various programs are displayed, with IM buddy icons separate from e-mail and social networking e-mails.

Single-click or mouse-over the name of the person you want to chat with to access IM options, including SMS, e-mail, and file transfer. Double-click to initiate an IM chat, while the context menu offers those options as well as buddy-specific history logs. The e-mail service will open your default e-mail client, although you can preview your Webmail in-box through the Digsby contact list. Facebook users can update their feeds, check their friends' feeds, and get full feed streams in Digsby, and the program now supports MySpace IM, as well. If you have a lot of IM accounts to keep in one place, this freeware tool can help keep you organized.

Users should be aware that Digsby now calls out all of its bundleware during the installation process, so install with caution if you don't want the Ask.com toolbar or the grid computing protocol. This is a marked improvement from when Digsby only allowed opting out after the program was installed, so we're more comfortable recommending the program once again.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 163 votes

    • 5 star: 76
    • 4 star: 44
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 20
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good Product but missing some possible features"

    November 6, 2009  |   By GotFuzz

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    Quick and easy view of facebook and twitter

    Cons

    Could use Skype and RSS integration

    Summary

    Not a bad product, it'll be interesting to see where this goes.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Loved it before, trying it again"

    November 3, 2009  |   By UncleBubby

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    decent IM client, great Twitter client, only Facebook chat client I like

    Cons

    Had problems with my companies Web Defense product before - causing system lock-ups until I uninstalled it. After an unhappy attempt with Trillian, I am trying it again after verifying that all the adware is off.

    Summary

    I will up my rating to 5 stars if this works without locking up my machine again. I was bummed when I had to uninstall it before.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best. IM Client. Ever."

    October 27, 2009  |   By isacdan

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    You can't be buzzed in Yahoo!
    You can send emails directly from Digsby.
    Digsby is for IM clients what Firefox is for web browsers.

    Cons

    You can't buzz others in Yahoo!
    No conference mode... yet.
    No *nix versions... yet.
    No photosharing.
    No animated avatars.

    Summary

    Digsby is the best IM client out there. It integrates perfectly email, IM and social networking.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    October 19, 2009  |   By Zagig

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    able to use multiple accounts on the mail and im systems that I use

    Cons

    hard to change profile details for the various im programs

    Summary

    I use this almost every time I'm online for easy access to hotmail and facebook, as well as seeing whick of my friends is online that I would like to talk to. Excellent program, well supported, good interface

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Well done!"

    October 8, 2009  |   By write_mark

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    Works great. Much improved from original release.

    Cons

    Can't think of any. Great product.

    Summary

    Go for it. they have caught up with Trillian.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Tries to be all in one but falls short of it"

    October 7, 2009  |   By linusr

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    Facebook & Twitter support
    Mail notifications

    Cons

    Crashes too often on Windows 7
    No native look & feel, though default windows 'live' skin better
    No support for sametime
    Listening to music status will have digsby link

    Summary

    If it has sametime support and crashes on windows 7 is fixed, it could be default IM client. And better windows 7 integration will be a nice to have feature. As of now pidgin does the job

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent All-In-One Client"

    October 5, 2009  |   By GalaxyFox

    Version: Digsby build 70 (beta)

    Pros

    -IM+Email+Social Networking. The best integration I've found so far.
    -Email actions right from Digsby (Archive, Mark as Spam, Delete, etc...)
    -Comment/Like Facebook messages and View Facebook Photo Albums
    -Skins and Themes
    -All synchronized online

    Cons

    -Composing an email directly in the Digsby window adds a Sent Via Digsby signature automatically and can't be removed.
    -Install module (Plura Processing) does not provide a Privacy Policy.

    Summary

    Digsby is an excellent multi-protocol chat client that I urge all users to try especially over single protocol clients like AIM. Digsby is ad free and it has decided to remove InstallIQ and make the research module clearer.

    I have tried many multi-protocol clients and Digsby by far has the best integration with emailing and social networking. Yes, its interface might not look as sleek as Trillian Astra but personally, I like its features a lot better.

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