December 5, 2007
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I still find meebo more user-friendly for one-on-one chat than gmail for a lot of reasons, but their chat rooms are still flaky.
I like Meebo, but I like not having to have yet another window open better.
Actually, I probably have few enough IM conversations that having it as just a little feature off to the side of my email is more representative of the way I use IM than having a dedicated client or window. So the niceness of the interface is secondary for me at this point.
I'll probably switch to the standalone Google Talk client when they add AIM functionality to it. I'd like to restart my browser or delete tabs without disconnecting from IM networks.
Not a huge Google Talk fan. I have a Google Talk account but I use it via Adium with all of my other IM clients in one window. :) I do the same with Gmail. Since I'm not a huge fan of the Google interface for IM, Mail or Feeds, I use other clients and read my Google accounts through them.
Ditto what Leslie said - I don't like the gmail interface, so I forward all my google mail to my yahoo account. But I REALLY hate Yahoo's chat interface (and I don't know if it even works with gmail accounts).
Then I keep Meebo in another tab, which will blink when I have an IM. If it's a busy conversation I can always pop-out the chat window ("always" meaning "when this feature isn't being flaky") and resize it and keep it wherever I want to, same as with gmail's chat.
I like Google Talk too, but I don't want to use a non-work app on my work machine. I feel like I'm already practically breaking the law just by using Firefox at such a Microsoft-friendly company. :-)
I'm in the camp of not having another window open. Yet, I prefer Pidgin (formerly GAIM). Go figure. I like connecting to GMail, AIM, MSN, and Yahoo all at the same time. I also like having a window pop up to let me know that I have an IM. With the browser embedded ones, I always forget to click over and then people think I am ignoring them.