Archive for October, 2009

IM Chat Software

Pidgin’s Facebook IM functionality has stopped working for me so I’m on the hunt for an alternative.  I’m also looking for something that has better Twitter support too.

The options.

Trillian and Digsby are simple chat clients that seem to have crowbared in Twitter and Facebook. It works but neither are that great for browsing updates.  Both fail when having to display the more advanced content that people post to Facebook (links, images etc).

Digsby is free but is borderline adware/spyware.  It tries to install the toolbar on installation and then wants to use you CPU’s idle time which I guess it sells on (both can be disabled) but maybe worst of all without notice it changed my Facebook status to an advert for itself!

Trillian relies on people buying the pro version but the free version is still feature rich.  However it’s slick UI does not work well with Facebook and Twitter.  Everything is geared around sending IMs.  The ‘post tweet’ button is part of the connection settings icons which are hidden most of the time.  I even found that I could click on links that were within tweets.  It also lacks what should be the standard Twitter functionality of shortening URLs and upload pictures.

Seemic Desktop and Orsiso were the layout and functionality I was expecting.  Seemic is stable and clearly displays both Facebook and Twitter posts.  But it’s features are limited and apart from hiding columns there is little control over the updates you see.  Orsiso has every feature you could want but is still beta, and it shows.  It doesn’t crash but some things just don’t work.  However there is enough there to make it a clear winner in my eyes.  But if you want something more stable try Seemic.