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Instant Messaging - Combining Your Services

Having multiple accounts in different instant messengers will no longer be an issue.

Steve Smith, host of your Technology Questions Answered, streamlines your instant messaging experience online.

Episode #2-04 released on October 9, 2011

Welcome to your Technology Questions Answered. I'm your host, Steve Smith, also known as Zed Axis. Today, many of us use instant messengers. Some people, might even use multiple instant messaging clients. Wouldn't it be easier if we could chat with anyone within the same client. I have two really awesome suggestions for you, today.

Now, instant messaging is a really popular way to interact with each other, some much so, I am prepared to say that the majority of people do some kind of instant messaging, whether it be MSN, Twitter, Facebook, text messages on a cell phones, etc... And its not at all surprising. This is because we, as a race, are considered social beings. We feel the need to be social. I'm going to make this a lot easier for all of you, today.

I have two really viable program suggestions for anyone who has multiple instant messaging clients. One, Pidgin, works on Linux, Windows, Mac. Trillian, my other choice, also works in Windows, Linux, Mac, but also works on iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and within the web browser. Making both these suggestions universally accessible, to everyone.

Let's talk about Pidgin. Really simple to use interface, not glamous, but totally does the job right. You can access such networks as AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MXit, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. You can also get plugins to access other networks, as well.

To get a hold of Pidgin, you need only go over to http://www.pidgin.im/ and the download is free.

Now, Trillian, that's some piece of engineering. You can access virtually everything that Pidgin can, plus you can use Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, FourSquare, and more. You can really put in some really cool skins to make it nicer. The skins have some really neat effects, too. You have a free version that allows you to use virtually every part of the program, and you have a pro version. The difference, saved messages and no advertisements. Did I mention, you can also add plugins.

To get a hold on Trillian, you need go over to http://www.trillian.im and the download is free, unless you opt for the professional version.

Which one do I prefer between the two, Trillian. Because of the ease of installation, usage, and over all look and feel of the application. Easy direct access to my Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams. Let's not forget I can modify it to have the look and feel of my current Windows setup, and I can even use it on my iPhone, and iPad, if I wanted to.

Now, I'd like to announce the creation of my new Blip.tv account, you can access it at blip.tv/zedaxis.

I, also, opened a brand new weekly newsletter, which goes live next week, that will allow anyone who subscribes to get news of the latest episodes, show notes, downloads, and places to watch, once weekly. You can access it directly by going to newsletter.zedaxis.net.

I'll also be doing a live chat on October 30, 2011, at 8AM Eastern on Vokle.com. You can access my direct page and rsvp at live.zedaxis.net.

And finally, I revamped my Amazon Associate Store, where you can get all you X-Mas shopping done this year, and help my podcast out, by going to store.zedaxis.net. And, because it is Amazon, you also get the advantage of safe and secure transactions, and a really vast quantity of really great gifts, movies, music and more.

Next week, I'll explain what FTP, or File Transfer Protocol is, and how you can use it. I, personally use it virtually everyday for my business and podcast.

If you wish to interact with the show, you can send me your questions, comments, stories or suggestions over to tqa@zedaxis.net, don't forget to subscribe, share, and like this episode. For show notes, downloads, and more information head over to www.zedaxis.net. If your feeling generous and you want to help me make the show better, I've also started a FundRazr on Facebook, also available on my web-site, to help me pay for some new lights, and a new portable camera. Anything you can give will be added to my budget to make this show bigger and better. FundRazr uses PayPal to make the transfers, so you know its safe and secure. Be the first to help me out, and I'll even add the names of the people that helped with the FundRazr in the credits of my show. If you want to sponsor my show confidentially, you can send your contribution to tqa@zedaxis.net via PayPal.

So let's see you all here next week, stay safe and online. Many thanks for listening, subscribing and helping out with my FundRazr. Have an absolutely great day!

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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