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Over the next few days, Google is going to be changing its AIM support to something a little more tightly integrated. No longer will you have to sign into AIM separately from Google; you just sign into Google Talk and you can chat with your AIM friends straight from that account — either by adding them to your Google Talk list (in the form of [email protected]) or by using the AIM to Gmail contacts importer, which should be available soon.
Mac: Skype recently brought an overhauled interface and group video calls to the Mac with version 5. Today, they've released an update that continues to improve upon those changes, with better group call features and the ability to give Skype feedback.
Windows only (for now): Instant messaging services often have clients for multiple platforms. But keeping them open across machines and portable devices can be a nightmare: lost chats, automatic "away" statuses, different histories and so on. The latest Trillian build fixes that with a "continuous" IM stream.
Modern LED Christmas lights have gotten downright advanced compared to their analogue and incandescent forefathers. If you were intrigued by our last Christmas light hack but were holding out for more functionality, this lights-as-IM-status-indicator should fit the bill.
The new Facebook Messages incorporates email, SMS and Facebook Chat and Messages into one convenient bucket. It's a smart idea, but you should think twice before you consider ditching your current email address for Facebook email. Here's why.
Just because the newly unveiled Facebook Messages is tackling the world of email doesn't mean it's inherently bad. There's a lot to like about their new communication paradigm — maybe even enough to get you to switch. Here's why.
Mac only: Adium, the cross-platform IM and communication client that's basically a Mac-styled cousin to Lifehacker favourite Pidgin, is out in official 1.4 form. Along with lots of fixes and upgrades from the long-running betas, there's Twitter and IRC support added here.
Mac only: Trillian's stepped up its multi-protocol game significantly on the Mac platform, fixing a whole bunch of items missing or jaggy in the alpha release, and adding Facebook and Twitter integration, Growl notifications, a better chat history layout and more.
Multi-service IM client Digsby has given its early adopters access to a much-requested feature: group chats. Users connected to AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk or Jabber can click the rooms list in the upper-right corner of their client to select a room that's already running or start one of their own. To get in on the alpha-level testing, read the Digsby blog for instructions.