IM Clients

Mark H. Nichols ubuntu.prole at
Thu Nov 1 16:22:16 UTC 2007

On Nov 1, 2007, at 10:55 AM, John Dangler wrote:

> On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 11:44 -0400, Mark H. Nichols wrote:
>> On Nov 1, 2007, at 10:40 AM, John Dangler wrote:
>>> On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 11:34 -0400, Martin Walshe wrote:
>>>> And you have your msn account added to Pidgin and are logged into
>> it
>>>> as well as your Yahoo account?
>>> I don't have an msn or any other account.  I have a yahoo account.
>>> one
>>> of my coworkers has an msn account, another has a hotmail account.
>>> Do I need to sign up for all of these in order to be able to send
>> msgs
>>> to the other people?
>> Yes.  You need an account on each protocol (MSN, Y!, AOL, GTalk,
>> Jabber, et cetera) that you want to use.
>> <mark />
> Thanks for the replies.  My signature will extend to half a page with
> all of those email addresses, and I'm sure monitoring them all for  
> junk
> will be just as  much fun.

Having an IM address is not equivalent to having an email address.   
My AOL IM id doesn't get mail.  And I've not used my MSN passport for  
mail in 7 years or more.  I don't know if you can create an account  
on the various services through Pidgin or not.  Most of them should  
have a website/interface that would allow you to create an IM  
account, and then you could add that to Pidgin.

An alternative client, once you are all set up, is the purely web- 
based Meebo.  (

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