If you already have an Instant Messenger (IM) program installed, you can keep using it just the same as before. If you don't have one installed, the easiest way to choose an IM program is to find out which ones your friends and family use.
Here are some of the more popular IM programs you can install:AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)
Once you've completed the download, open the file and follow the instructions provided.
PeoplePC Compatible IM Programs
Since August 2006, you can use your AOL email address to login with AOL instant Messenger™ (AIM) even if you canceled your AOL subscription. Using AIM has never been easier!
AIM service is a free online service that lets you communicate with family, friends and co-workers in real time. Main features include:
Use Yahoo! Messenger to connect in real-time and communicate how you want, when you want, with whom you want. In addition to sending text-based instant messages, you also get:
Connect and share instantly on the most popular IM networks.
ICQ is a personal communication tool that allows users to meet and interact, to catch up with old friends, to meet new friends and to hear the latest stories from the world wide community. Top features include:
Trillian is a chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo Messenger. If you have friends on multiple services, this might be the best solution for you. Some benefits include: