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Ask the Readers: Which IM Client Do You Use These Days?

There are a lot of instant messaging and team collaboration clients that have been available throughout the years. MSN Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, Yahoo Messenger…wait? Did anyone actually use that one? Not to mention the new SMS apps flooding the mobile space.


Whether it’s for business or staying in contact with friends and family, on your mobile device, PC, or Mac, we’re wondering which one(s) you’re using.

My choice in IM and team collaboration clients have varied over the years. A lot of it depended on where I was working or what my other friends are using at the time.

Rather than start with the early days of BBS or ICQ let’s just jump ahead a bit. I started with MSN Live Messenger (later to become Skype) because my workplace required it for everyone. I also used it for my own communication, too. However, after MSN became bloated and I realized my friends were on different platforms, I started looking for simpler cross-platform solutions. Then, of course, Skype happened…

I decided to go with the open source solution called Pidgin. It’s a free Open Source solution that allows you to bring together all sorts of different platforms. Needless to say, I’ve tried them all. I was even using AIM and Trillian at certain points.

When working with a team, a more robust team collaboration IM platform like what we use here now – Slack.

However, to talk with friends and family, I move between Skype and Facebook messenger. The only reason I bother with Facebook Messenger, as I’m sure most of you do is that I have so many friends and family on Facebook, it’s almost necessary.

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There are a lot out there, and I don’t know if there is a single one that does it all. Slack, in my opinion, definitely comes the closest. It’s growing in popularity and rapidly getting necessary features, too. You can add Skype contacts to your team, and video and voice chat and screen sharing are coming soon.

So, our question to you is: Which IM or team collaboration client are you using these days? Do you have a favorite or one you can’t stand? Do you use specific ones for business and personal conversations?

Let us know in the comment section below and join the conversation.

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8 Responses to Ask the Readers: Which IM Client Do You Use These Days?

  1. Jenni from NZ May 9, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    started with yapoo, but after many arguments with Egyptian men that wanted to marry me, the chat boxes just suddenly appearing on my screen, I killed yapoo for msn, and now just use skype, my son uses facebook video chat now too.

    • Jenni from NZ May 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

      I forgot to mention viber, on the android phone we have viber.

  2. Dana May 9, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    None of them. I email or text. Or pick up the phone and call. That’s all.

  3. khsharpe May 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Skype, whatsapp, messenger, hangouts, Telegram – have i forgotten any? Friends and family all use different things so I need an app for each of them. Is anyone really any different to me? Can anyone really use just one app?

  4. Steve Krause May 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    These days I’m using:

    1 – Apple Messenger (On my Mac and iPhone)
    2 – Skype (Consumer)
    3 – Slack
    4 – WhatsApp

    More and more….. the people I want/need to speak with are in private Slack Teams.


  5. mur_phy May 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    For the past 16 years, after moving over from Firetalk, my time is spent as an Admin in PC Tech in Paltalk Messenger. It offers lots of rooms of which there are a few that cater to assisting users with PC issues but PC Tech is the oldest and largest. Others make use of a variety of rooms and of course, Private messages are used by many users for messages and file transfers. A nice freeware program with the option to purchase paid nics with other features available to those users.

  6. GIANNI May 15, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Skype since 2006
    WhatsApp from 2015

  7. Annet May 15, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I usually use Whatsapp and Facebook messenger. Occasionally I communicate with Skype.

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