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This time with more functional poll goodness
Poll #948625 Your IM client preferences

IM clients/platforms that I use personally (not for work)

AIM
6(17.6%)
ICQ
0(0.0%)
Yahoo!
1(2.9%)
MSN
0(0.0%)
Google Talk
1(2.9%)
LJ Talk
0(0.0%)
Other Jabber-based client (please comment)
0(0.0%)
Other non-Jabber client (please comment)
1(2.9%)

Which one is your favorite?

AIM
14(46.7%)
ICQ
1(3.3%)
Yahoo!
3(10.0%)
MSN
1(3.3%)
Google Talk
6(20.0%)
LJ Talk
0(0.0%)
Other Jabber-based client (please comment)
2(6.7%)
Other non-Jabber client (please comment)
3(10.0%)

Why is it your favorite?

Ease of use
6(18.2%)
Most people I know use it too
9(27.3%)
Most feature-rich
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment and explain)
8(24.2%)

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zannyvix From: zannyvix Date: March 17th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use a mac, so I usually have iChat's jabber client running.
feren From: feren Date: March 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used iChat for the first 9 months that I owned my MacBook and it served me quite admirably. If I hadn't gotten pulled in by Adium I would still be (happily) using iChat.
nonethewiser From: nonethewiser Date: March 17th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
GoogleTalk is by far the most stealthy.
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angelwind From: angelwind Date: March 17th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yahoo through people's actual client and my GAIM client actually works well. MSN craps out or goes at a snail's pace. Not that that should be surprising or anything.
angelwind From: angelwind Date: March 18th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea how that was spit out. I guess I had it written in my mind. What I meant was Yahoo because file transfers going through them from my GAIM client actually work and don't slow down to a halt like MSN does.
gatcat From: gatcat Date: March 17th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm lazy and can't be bothered to look for new chat options, especially since I don't much use the one I have anyway.

To be fair, I used to use ICQ a while back, and AIM replaced it when it seemed that the three people I ICQed had all switched.

yakko From: yakko Date: March 17th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The use of SSL for my 2 Jabber-based instances is great. Using a non-crap client, as you know, is a must when dealing with Jabber. All you folks with Macs out there should simply switch to Adium if you deal with multiple services (and especially if you deal with multiple Jabber accounts).

I use AIM just because most of my friends also have AIM accounts. I sincerely wish for Google Talk to displace AIM.
duckhunter From: duckhunter Date: March 17th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I use Trillian for my front end, because I don't care about what IM client I use. Well, except Yahoo, but that's because I hate Yahoo with the burning hate of a million suns.

Heck, as scary as it sounds (and as 'active' as I am, hiding out in my own private room), my busiest chatting is done on a MUCK.

Yes, Feren. That muck. And, yes, I'm that pathetic. :)
duncandahusky From: duncandahusky Date: March 17th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use GAIM, so I don't really have a particular favorite protocol - they're all pretty much the same. I used to use Trillian (even paid for an earlier version), but they don't seem to keep with protocol changes, and the interface didn't appeal to me personally. I just added LJ Talk to GAIM, and it seems transparent enough.
silvertailwolf From: silvertailwolf Date: March 17th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I [heart] Gaim. I use Gaim in Linux and Windows, and when on the Mac, I use Adium, which uses the Gaim library.

When I'm in an environment where I can't install a client of my own, I use Meebo.com, an flash bowser-based multiclient.
feren From: feren Date: March 18th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meebo (which I had never seen before you mentioned it here) is proof that Flash, like PERL before it, is being used to do things that language was never intended to do. And that's kinda cool!
quoting_mungo From: quoting_mungo Date: March 17th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I occassionally use MSN (mostly when my boyfriend wants to talk to me but doesn't want to be swamped by people who only know his AIM name), I loathe it and will very rarely log onto it unless he explicitly asks me. ICQ was my favorite back in the day, but nowadays I know about one person who uses it, and it tends to be flaky on his end. So it kind of defaults to AIM out of habit.

(I also don't use the official client for either of these, but use Trillian, which I still think was better in the older version before they went payware.)


-Alexandra
From: ex_miang438 Date: March 18th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
GTalk: Lack of ads, lack of system resources being sucked up. (hate hate hate AIM)
posicat From: posicat Date: March 18th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I use Gaim, connect to AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, LJ Talk, and my own home-Jabber server.

I like Jabber best because of the openness of the protocol, and the things beyond just typical IM that can be done with it (like the pre-populated lists of the LJ Talk server). I'm aiming on getting a version of a Jabber server written to link to the IFPL that will pre-populate your list with those people who live nearby in your surrounding area.
doomsey From: doomsey Date: March 18th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I use AIM (using mostly gaim as a client) because, well, that's what I use, and changing would be annoying.

lazyweb indeed.
spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: March 18th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, sheer laziness for AIM to me, as well. I think I technically have gtalk, but I find it to be a pain in the ass and so don't bother.
rustitobuck From: rustitobuck Date: March 18th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I prefer AIM and Yahoo because they work on my Sidekick. ICQ works on AIM clients, but do you want to IM to Rustitobuck or 54363002?

Would you remember me as 54363002?

I thought not.
feren From: feren Date: March 18th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would you remember me as 54363002?

Hello, you are a part number.
ben_mouse From: ben_mouse Date: March 18th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frankly, aside from now occasional use of muck-clients, I avoid IM like the plague. World of Warcraft eats up enough of my Internet time!
giza From: giza Date: March 18th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

One of the other reasons why I like Google Talk


Is that the conversations are logged in my Gmail account. This makes it easy to refer to past conversations, especially when I'm using it from both home and work.
points From: points Date: March 19th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I also use two different private Jabber networks. And I have no favorites, I hate them all. I kind of agree with Boo. The MUCK remains my favorite. ;)
feren From: feren Date: March 20th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes. Equal opportunity hatred ("these all suck, but which one sucks the least for my given need?") is the best approach. This poll would have been more entertaining if I had written it from that perspective.
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