How can I tell when my IM buddies are online?
August 10, 2004 10:22 PM   Subscribe

Isn't there a site or application which can monitor the times at which your chat/ messenger contacts are online? I've done some serious Googling and MeFi searching on this but have turned up nothing, so maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing.
posted by skylar to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
posted by gramcracker at 10:30 PM on August 10, 2004

Response by poster: Another direct hit for the magnificent power of AskMeFi - thanks Gramcracker. Even with the name I note that it's quite hard to Google IMWatching.
posted by skylar at 12:33 AM on August 11, 2004

Gaim and Trillian are universal chat clients that both can monitor just about all the major IM networks (including IRC), and allow you to set alerts for when specific buddies are online. Gaim is freeware/open source, and Trillian uses a "Basic for free, Pro for pay" model.
posted by LairBob at 5:09 AM on August 11, 2004

If you're on the Mac, there's a Konfabulator widget called Buddy Stalker.
posted by jragon at 2:13 PM on August 11, 2004

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