Wanted: One IM/VoIP Client That Does it All

Vacancy Description:

There is an immediate opening in my life for a smart, fast, next-generation IM client that can integrate with multiple social networks, standard XMPP servers, email and POP accounts and VoIP services.

Candidates already evaluated:

Digsby: Digsby is an IM client that connects to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, and Facebook Chat.

Pros:

  • Can be used to manage e-mail on different networks (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL/AIM Mail, IMAP, and POP accounts).
  • Integrates with social networks like Facebook (receive friend requests, etc.) and Twitter (change status).

Cons:

  • Windows only (for now).
  • Can’t use for VoIP phone / video calls.

WengoPhone: A SIP client that also integrates with IM networks such as Google and AIM.

Pros:

  • Multi-platform (runs on Windows, Linux or Mac).
  • Supports SIP.
  • Support for AIM and Jabber IM accounts.

Cons:

  • Can’t integrate with social networks like Facebook.
  • Can’t be used to manage e-mail accounts

Meebo: A web-based service that integrates with a host of different IM and social networks, including Facebook and MySpace.

Pros:

  • Web-based — no install required, and can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Can connect to AIM, Yahoo, Google, MySpace, Facebook, Jabber and ICQ accounts

Cons:

  • Can’t use for VoIP phone / video calls.
  • Ad supported, so I get asked if I want to watch Miley Cyrus videos on occasion (who doesn’t though…)

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

2 thoughts on “Wanted: One IM/VoIP Client That Does it All

  1. I should also add that I am evaluating a nifty little client called VoxOx.

    This one claims to do it all, but it’s still in Beta. Right now, it only runs on Windows and the integration to social networks is limited to Facebook.

    I’m hopeful that this candidate will work out. We’ll see…

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