Pidgin lets you link your accounts from multiple chat apps, so you can communicate with all of your friends from one central location. Rather than having to stay logged in to multiple apps at once, you can keep in touch effectively while keeping confusion and distraction to a minimum. Supported apps include Facebook Chat, AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, GroupWise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, MySpaceIM, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo, and Yahoo Japan.
Notification options: For each account you add to Pidgin, you can configure notifications individually. That means you can decide when you want to be interrupted with a new mail alert from Facebook Chat and from Google Talk separately, which is especially useful if you use different chat apps for different types of communication.
Streamlined interface: The app's main interface is uncluttered and great for chatting. You'll see all of your messages in one place, and replying or starting a new conversation takes only a couple of clicks.
Confusing setup: While the chat part of the app is straightforward enough, the setup can be a little confusing. It's not always clear what information the forms for linking your accounts are looking for, and we did have some of our accounts fail to activate on the first try during testing. There is a detailed Help document to refer to, if you have trouble. But there's nothing in the form of a Quick Start Guide that will guide you through the process quickly.
Pidgin makes keeping in touch with all of your friends that much easier, no matter which chat app they prefer. Setting it up and adding your accounts can be a little frustrating and time consuming, but once they're synced, everything runs smoothly.
Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) is a free and open-source multi-protocol instant messaging client for BSD and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, and Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks. Pidgin users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle, and plug-in, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, and iconify on away.