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Believe it or not, there are still lots of people in the world who enjoy using instant messaging services. And we're not talking about modern iterations like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. We're referring to s-style MSN Messenger-esque apps. Of course, it's becoming harder to find good ones.

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Many of the old "big hitters" have stopped working. But, if you're an instant messaging fan, don't worry. There are still some online instant messaging services worth checking out if you like chatting with your friends and family. Internet Relay Chat IRC was one of the first widely adopted ways to chat online; it was the precursor to many of the modern instant messaging apps we use today. Despite going live inIRC remains a surprisingly popular chat medium to this day. The most recent estimates available claim that aroundpeople log in to the service every day across a network of thousands of servers.

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The most well-known app is mIRC. It has been around since and was among the 10 most popular apps in the world during its zenith in ICQ was arguably the first instant messaging site to offer real-time chat for individual user s that was focused on one-on-one conversations. It played a key role in helping to finally move people away from IRC. Amazingly, despite dwindling user s current estimates suggest around 11 million, compared to a high point of million inthe app is still going strong. A facelift in April brought audio-to-text conversions, smart replies, person video calls with support for listenerspush-to-talk, and groups of up to 25, users.

Pidgin aggregates chat services from multiple third-party clients into a single easy-to-use interface.

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Interestingly, it also works with IRC. Pidgin has an extensive library of plug-ins, many of which bring functionality to even more chat clients. The free-to-use app is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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There are no mobile versions available. It has been deed to be light on system resources and fast to run.

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The app is also open source, which will please security fanatics. The online messenger itself is similar to Pidgin; it acts as a one-stop-shop for all your most-used chat services.

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They are:. Also like Pidgin, Miranda NG has a community-developed add-on library. However, rather than allowing you to add more chat services to the app, most of the addons available change the aesthetics or some element of the functionality. For example, there is an add-on that introduces an app-wide Simpsons theme and another that adds more options to the app's main toolbar.

Although old-style instant messaging sites and apps still have a place, it's also quite apparent that the world has moved on. Today, there is a new collection of chat apps vying for your attention. The most popular and best-known is WhatsApp, but it has its shortcomings.

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Most notable is the requirement for you to connect WhatsApp to a phone; you cannot log in on the desktop version unless your phone is to hand. Telegram does not work in the same way. Once you have performed the initial setup, you can log in without your phone and can use the app on many devices at the same time.

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Some of the best Telegram features include bots, support for multiple phone s, secret chats, and proxy servers. You can also use third-party Telegram apps for your desktop. The Mac-only Adium is another versatile app that can connect to multiple online instant messenger services. Again, like Miranda NG and Pidgin, third-party plugins are availablealthough there is not as much choice as you'll find in the other two apps.

Where you'll find more variety, however, is in the list of "Xtras. Instead of being a fun online chat site to talk to friends and family, it is aimed at people who are suffering from emotional distress. All of the listeners are volunteers, and more thanpeople participate in the service.

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Some of them even specialize in advice for kids aged between 13 and Professional therapy is only available to adults. In truth, the future is starting to look increasingly bleak for these types of chat services. While IRC retains a loyal following on Usenet, the rest appear to be in terminal decline.

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The rise and rise of WhatsApp et al. Still, while these online chat sites continue to operate, you should jump on and use them for a taste of the internet as it was 20 years ago. Want to send messages from your phone and PC? Use these free chat apps to continue the conversation wherever you go! Reach out to him for inquires about sponsored content, affiliate agreements, promotions, and any other forms of partnership. Prior to his writing career, he was a Financial Consultant. Share Share Tweet.

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Instant messaging IM , form of text-based communication in which two persons participate in a single conversation over their computers or mobile devices within an Internet -based chatroom.


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