7 Google Talk Alternatives

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It’s hard to believe how long we’ve been instant messaging. The formerly ubiquitous AIM launched in 1997, and you’ve probably used a handful of services since registering your first screen name

For many of us, Google Talk, more affectionately known as “Gchat” has become the standard — especially if both your work and personal email accounts are on Gmail. While Gmail has its perks, such as the ability to search for conversations among your archives, having your chat windows stuck to your inbox can be quite distracting.

We rounded up seven instant messaging clients you can use instead of Gchat, each with its respective perks. Many of these clients will merge your buddy lists from other chatting services, including ones you probably haven’t used in a few years (does anyone still use MSN Messenger?). Read more…

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