Originally posted 2008-03-24 09:51:19.
That’s right. Move over Meebo. Move over Yahoo Messenger, GTalk.
Digsby on the covers will look like one of the dozen multi-protocol Instant Messenger clients out there. But, this is by far the best integration I have seen among them. I am not just going to say that but actually tell you why. Garry Conn asked me on Twitter why I liked it so much and here you go, Garry!
Instant messenger Features
- Support for multiple IM networks. Nothing new here. It supports Google, Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ and Jabber.
- Tabbed conversations. You can chat with multiple buddies with just one window.
- If your buddy is on multiple IMs, you can merge their accounts into one in Digsby.
- Your buddy has a weird number in his/her name? Give him an alias.
- This is the best part. You can have Digsby minimized but new messages will popup and you can reply from within the popup and get back to what you were doing!
- Setup various alerts for individual buddies like a sound and/or a popup when a friend logs in or logs out.
- Video/Audio chat using TokBox
(picture credit: digsby.com)
- Supports Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL/AIM Mail, IMAP and POP accounts
- On login, a InfoBox popup shows you new email messages and you can scroll within the popup to see all messages.
- A taskbar icon for the email account showing unread messages.
- Clicking on the icon, popups a box with latest message and you can Mark as read, delete, archive messages without ever opening up the browser. You could also go to the Inbox or the Compose screen right from here.
- You can send email directly from your Digsby Contact List from the IM window.
- Get Facebook/MySpace news feed and updates on Digsby
- Best Twitter integration I have experienced so far – Timeline view, replies, direct messages. Plus, every contact looks just like the twitter web interface with the Favorite star, a reply icon, etc.
- Update your status easily and new Tweets popup (configurable) in a nice little window.
- Support for more networks coming soon.
Sometimes, applications gets overloaded with features and casual users will get lost. Not with Digsby. Every feature has been implemented very naturally and probably better than the app maker themselves in certain instances. Personalization options are another option you have to see it to appreciate it. Just the whole look and feel is very user friendly.
With this software in beta, I haven’t had it crash even once in the last 2 days of full use. I installed it for my wife and she is in love with it too. I know I am writing this with rose-colored glasses but I haven’t found a single thing to complain about. But, again I have used it only for a couple of days and this is more like my first impressions and I have been known in the past to change my allegiance.
Nevertheless, this is a great piece of software that’s availabel for free. If you are a Mac/Linux user though, you’ll have to wait a little longer but they promise to have one for us nerds soon.
After using it for 3 months, Digsby still rocks my world with its user friendly features. I love the ability to delete my emails right from the Gmail notification window and keeping just the emails I want to read when I open my inbox. At build 30, it even integrates Facebook chat nicely but I am still waiting on their promised Linux version. Patiently.
The latest release of Digsby is loaded with crapware and you have to watch out for it while you install it. Plus, there is a hidden research module that will use your computing resources when your computer is idle. Read on to see why Digsby is NOT my favorite instant messenger at the moment.
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