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An instant messenger that does it all!

My friends and I are sick of Skype, and need a new instant messenger for our RP group. It needs to be mobile friendly, capable of group voice calls (and preferably video), and it needs to keep an archive of all text messages. Is there something out there we haven't heard of yet? (Complications under the cut.) [more inside]
posted by HypotheticalWoman on Sep 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Anonymous chat programs, multi-platform

What is a chat/IM program, that doesn't require giving away personal details, such as either your google ID or your phone number, to the other party? Cross-platform (including Windows PC), like Viber, but I understand that program requires sharing phone numbers. So I want to live chat to someone, sometimes on android phone, sometimes on iPad, or iPhone, or Windows PC, and we have each others email addresses, but no more than that.
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me turn off animation in Google Hangouts

I use Google Hangouts to chat (initiated from Chrome, on a Windows desktop). When I type "hahahaha" (as I do, because I am nonstop fun) some little animals come across the chat widget and dance around. When I type happy birthday, they appear with a birthday cake. This was whimsical once, and now it is soul-crushingly twee and intrusive. I can't figure out how to turn them off, in settings or via Google searching. Anyone done this successfully?
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Feb 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Please help me replace aim.

Basically, our company would like to replace aim for our office instant messaging solution. After much googling and some testing, the top two currently on my list are hipchat and slack. [more inside]
posted by JackT on Nov 24, 2014 - 19 answers

AIM messages in Gmail -- stop!

As of very recently, I'm getting AIM messages not just opening up in AIM, but also in my Gmail. I want to receive the messages in AIM, but I do not want to them also to appear as an email in Gmail. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Jul 22, 2014 - 7 answers

I only want to chat with YOU

I'm looking for an IM client that lets you appear "invisible" to some people and not others. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Replacement for GTalk with similar functionality?

Ideally, I need a windows client and/or browser interface, an android client, and an iOS client. I would like synchronization (to be able to change devices and continue conversation cleanly). I need a standard chat log. I would love the chat log to be on an online platform so it can be easily downloaded/forwarded/searched. [more inside]
posted by erisraven on Oct 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Notification of xbox live messages

Is there any way to get notification of xbox live messages via text message, email, instant message, or social network message? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me understand the new Google Hangouts service.

For a unified messaging service, I am a little confused. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

A Gmail/Google/GTalk chat alternative

It's an old cry now - to get out of Google's claws. Mail, calendar and everything. However, I always find one thing missing. Chat is never talked about. As a matter of fact this one is the difficult most. You need to have added all those chat contacts and they in turn have had to added you(approved) you back, unlike email where you just need to fine an email and the receiver gets it unless you were specifically blocked. So, let's discuss how to release our chatting app/service free from the claws of Google/Facebook/Skype &c and still be able to: [more inside]
posted by amar on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Changes in Google Hangout Chat Window

I want to know why in Google Hangout it no longer says "Theirname is typing..." when the other person in the hangout is typing in the chat window (or "Theirname has entered text" when they've written something but haven't sent it). It's gone, and I miss it and want an explanation so I can move on with my life. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Feb 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Encrypted chat between mobile devices?

The best and simplest way to communicate between a smallish number of (known) people, on a few different devices, with encryption? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

text me

Meebo alternative? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jun 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Stop filling up my email inbox with AOL chats

I've recently started using AOL Instant Messenger very frequently at work. (FOR work! I swear!) My username is my email address. AOL now frequently (though not always) sends my IM conversations to my email, which is filling up my inbox. How do make this stop?
posted by lewedswiver on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm the only person who likes the Gmail dink.

I just started using Pidgin, and I like it, but I don't like the default sound when I receive a message. Previously, I IMed using gchat within my gmail account and really liked the little "dink" sounds that it made. Is there a way to import those sounds into Pidgin? Google is less than helpful on this front.
posted by Fuego on Nov 30, 2010 - 4 answers

It's like the perfect chat program WITH THE MOST ANNOYING FLAW IN THE WORLD.

Is there any way whatsoever to stop those annoying gray semi-transparent status updates ("John Smith went idle" "Karen Black became available") in Ichat? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Lemme talk to you, I need some conversation.

Is there a web based app I can use to IM with members of my department without having to install anything on our computers? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Apr 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Can I get a high-res version of a Yahoo IM emoticon?

Where can I find a high-resolution (ideally scalable) version of the Yahoo IM :x (love struck) emoticon?
posted by deeper red on Dec 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Email-2-IM ?

Hello.. I need to receive notifications about new Email's on my IM app. [more inside]
posted by nagalr on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

How to delete an IM on Skype before it is received? [AccidentalInappropriateMessageFilter]

My boyfriend Skype-IMed his mother a very dirty greeting that was meant for me. It still shows the circling icon that I think happens when you try to send a user a message when the user does not have Skype running at the time. Is there any way to delete this before she gets it? He's freaking out, as you would too, if I told you what he just told his mother.
posted by anthropomorphic on Jun 30, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I stop getting AOL IM's texted to my phone?

I'm on a Mac and I use the program Adium to access my AOL IM account. I also have a Blackberry Bold....At some point, I decided to try the feature of connecting my AOL IM account to my cell phone which would allow me to receive IM's on my phone even when I am logged off from the service...Now I don't know how to make it stop.. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Apr 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Can you send an IM to a phone using AIM?

Is it possible to send (and receive) IMs to cell phones, using AIM? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jan 30, 2009 - 5 answers

2 Domain, 2 Server Redundancy with Jabber/XMPP?

I'm looking to set up an XMPP/Jabber server with minimum hassle, with one major requirement: I want to run the service for 2 domains across two servers, each acting as backup/redundancy for the other. [more inside]
posted by d7415 on Jan 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Dumass Think Mix Tape Will Re-spark Relationship

I had a very deep relationship with a woman a couple of years ago. She ended it and my reaction, to say the least. was not the best (no violence or threats). [more inside]
posted by Carbolic on Jan 1, 2009 - 30 answers

What are words for..when no one speaks them anymore

Need an iPhone app that can fully replace texting. My phone bill was WAY too high this month. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Dec 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Dating Metadata?

I'm a playa. Well, not really. But how do I keep track of people I talk to from dating sites - what IM client do I need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Forcing a persistent AIM logon?

Is there a way (with any IM client) to force a persistent logon for an AIM account, even when one doesn't have the sustained internet connection that would actually let one stay logged on? (In order to accept messages that will be "held" and displayed the next time one's IM client starts up?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Oct 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Where can I find statistics on the number of users for different instant messaging networks (aim, yahoo, google talk, icq, msn and so on) over time?

Where can I find statistics on the number of users for different instant messaging networks (aim, yahoo, google talk, icq, msn and so on) over time? [more inside]
posted by nolnar on May 7, 2008 - 1 answer

Ah, to be connected anywhere, anytime!

Looking for a relatively simple mobile IM device, that will allow me to be connected regardless of wifi availability. A bit confused about options - it seems a Blackberry is the most perfect fit. Or is it? [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on May 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What IM client makes this sound?

What IM client makes this sound? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Apr 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Stop repeating yourself, iChat! Stop repeating yourself, iChat!

Why does iChat send URLs twice? Whenever I send a URL to someone, it shows up twice on the recipient's side. Is there a way to stop this annoying repetition? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Mar 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Instant message help

Need help finding a quick and easy instant messaging (IM) program. [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote on Jan 1, 2008 - 21 answers

AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router?

AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Pidgin Users

How do I make Pidgin let me have separate users? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG on Sep 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?

I am considering giving out my instant messenger in my work email signature. The question is "Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?" [more inside]
posted by Argyle on Aug 13, 2007 - 20 answers

Don't want to work... want to get paid for chatting instead!

Anyone know of any good internet based IM sites... [more inside]
posted by spotty_dog on Jul 20, 2007 - 16 answers

AOL IM unwanted sound

Don't want that sound when sending an AOL IM response. [more inside]
posted by sandra194 on Jun 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Character at a time chatting?

What happened to character-by-character chat? I miss the intimacy, subtle nuances of meaning, and most of all the ability to interrupt one another and complete one another's sentences that was inherent in old-school unix 'talk'. How can I replicate this nowadays? [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Any tools to manage status for multiple messaging clients?

Are there any Windows utilities that manage the status information for multiple IM clients? Skype, MSN, Yahoo... [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Apr 24, 2007 - 2 answers

Yahoo Messenger pop-ups?

What are the implications of and best response to unsolicited Yahoo Messenger pop-up messages? [more inside]
posted by kapec on Apr 15, 2007 - 8 answers

Chat without IM software?

Is there a website that people can use to chat and IM without actually using the the IM software? I thought I had read about such a site in an article about teens outsmarting the filters on their school computers, but I cannot remember what the site was called. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by foxinthesnow on Jan 3, 2007 - 22 answers

Can I get away with IMing at work if I stick to Gtalk?

Chat-at-Work-Filter: In my line of consulting I end up working at a number of client sites where the client's IT department has succeeded in convincing management that Instant Messaging is the devil... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2006 - 25 answers

Help My Away Messages Grow

I am trying to create a brief weekly calendar for work of upcoming events that will be posted as an AOL IM away message that people can check throughout the week. How can I create a longer AIM away message than the default allows? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Nov 28, 2006 - 7 answers

IM for dummies

Which instant message system and client to use for my extended family? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Nov 25, 2006 - 17 answers


Do any of the major Instant Messaging services still provide a free email address that simply turns an incoming email address into an instant message like the old @pager.icq.com addresses used to? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on Nov 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Is Internet Messaging ready for business?

Some folks in our office have shown the desire to use IM to communicate with other companies we do business with, pretty much at the urging of the external companies. I have some concerns. [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine on Sep 21, 2006 - 25 answers

Implications in Ignoring IMs

If a friend ignored your instant messages all day when you knew that they were online the entire time, would you consider that rude? [more inside]
posted by bbrown on Sep 20, 2006 - 92 answers

im in ur image folder, downloading ur jpgs

i want to find a picture on the internets and i can't. help? [more inside]
posted by fidgets on Sep 5, 2006 - 6 answers


Anyone know any free solution for forwarding MSN messages to an email address? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on May 24, 2006 - 13 answers

How to control multiple ICQ accounts?

Is there a way to maintain the online status of multiple accounts with one instance of ICQ? It's simple to switch to a different account, but can it be done without logging the current user out? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Feb 14, 2006 - 4 answers

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