Featured Freeware: Digsby

Digsby's more than just a multiprotocol client for instant messaging. It also supports Webmail, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter feeds--a strong step towards trying to combine all major Internet communications under one roof.

Digsby will easily be the instant messaging freeware of choice for the super social set. Web 2.0 fans, that's you. In addition to supporting the major IM networks--Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber--Digsby also pulls in Web mail feeds, as well as access to MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Updating Twitter is a breeze from the application's main interface, though users wishing to do anything more than read Facebook and MySpace feeds will be redirected to their online accounts.

Windows users can initiate text, video, and audio chat from the conversation window, and transfer files, send SMS, and compose e-mail, with a Mac version in the offing. The notification pop-ups for every activity can get distracting, though a deep preference options control nearly every aspect of the display, including a wide variety of skins. Digsby is off to a strong start, but there's room for improvement because of ongoing stability concerns--not to mention the enormous memory-hogging that Digsby is notorious for. Still, Digsby looks to be a game-changer.