it’s troubling that skype is the new IM program of choice for a couple reasons, and those are the same reasons i don’t use skype unless forced.
- skype redid their interior architecture recently to give the feds better access. they deny that that’s what prompted them to do so but regardless of why they did it, it’s done, and it will make things a lot smoother for the spooks. i don’t like this.
- their API is locked up and useless to anyone but Official Skype App™ and that means you can’t use skype with multiclients like Adium or Pidgin unless, heh, you have the skype app running at the same time. this renders the entire exercise moot.
there’s really not a lot anyone can do about trending services, of course. you have to use what everyone else is using or you don’t talk to anyone, period. we couldn’t do anything to “stop” Facebook, we just had to wait it out. the only reason i mention it at all is that it’s a little troubling that the service with the worst API and grossest pig-pandering is the one getting preferential traffic. i imagine eventually i will have to have Skype running constantly all the time like everyone else does, but I certainly don’t relish the idea.
I need to get around to setting up Pidgin or something similar; it’s probably not fair of me to stick entirely to using PChum when it seems to be so much of a pain in the crack to use on Mac and Windows.
Don’t tell anyone but I actually love PesterChum because it’s built on a completely logical IRC backend. It’s also just delightfully nuanced despite (or because of) being a completely independent project. I’m not a big homestuck, myself (I dig the comic but don’t partake in the fandom at all) so when I found out about it I was absolutely shocked to discover that the fucking homestuck fandom of all things had produced an almost completely functional and extremely amusing IM client. I used it for several days on my PC but of course I don’t know anyone else who uses it as a regular IM client, so it was just a toy.
It did spur the creation of a chumhandle, though: I’m hoistedPetard. blehehehehe
Pidgin is alright but is frankly a mess compared to Adium. The file browser still looks like Linux and is near impossible to use. I avoid it whenever possible. Adium is pretty good and supports IRC out of the box, which I like. It also has excellent Direct Message support on the AIM network, which i use a LOT because I send art and pictures to people. And I don’t want to do it via a file transfer that they then have to go dig up and look at in a folder somewhere, I want it to appear in the actual IM window. I’m not sure any other protocol supports this particular function
Frankly I’d like to see a return to IRC, which would appeal to the walled garden motif of whatever iteration of the Internet we’re living right now (3.0? 2.5?). I’ve started a very traditional members-only, locked-down clubhouse of an IRC room just recently and have been enjoying it a great deal. It’s also become clear that Ustream uses IRC for all their chats, meaning I guess I just sort of idle in SWEATSHOP’s chatroom all the time now.
edit: what would be REALLY PERFECT is if someone took PChum and turned it into a functional multiclient. I mean that is blue sky bullshit right there but still.
edit2: here i made us a chatroom: http://toxoplasm.org/chat