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08 July 2007

Web-based Instant Messaging

Many schools and offices block computer users from installing instant messaging software. However, instant messaging is an important part of communication and there are ways around these types of blocks placed by your IT department. Web-based instant messaging clients do not require installation of any software and run in your web-browser. The best thing is that they can be used just about anywhere that you have an internet connection - dialup or broadband!

All of these clients can access AOL, Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, and Jabber unless otherwise noted. Each one is rated out of 5 stars - 5 stars being excellent, 1 star being poor.

  • Meebo. Upon arrival at the website, you have the option of signing into one of your accounts or using a universal meeboid and password to access all of your accounts under one interface. By using the meeboid, you can save your conversations to view later, set a personalized avatar and customize the colors of the web interface. Conference chatting is available. Meebo also features the "meebo me" widget which can be added to any website - and does not require any registration. ★★★★★
  • EasyMessenger is another free client that is very easy to use. Unlike Meebo, registration is required. It includes a built-in RSS reader, so you can keep up with your feeds without having to use a separate program or service. All of your accounts are accessible via the same interface. EasyMessenger does not provide conversation logging or a personalized avatar. ★★★
  • KoolIM gives you access to over 20 instant messaging networks, including the big 6. If you have friends in other countries, this web-based instant messaging client is probably your best bet. Registration is optional. There is no conversation logging or personalized avatar. Like EasyMessenger and Meebo, you can have secure conversations. ★★★★

Do you have a favorite? If so, which one? Any additions are welcome!

This post was written by Ellie from thepinkc. Ellie blogs several times a week about just about anything under the sun - from technology to current events to pop culture.

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