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Before You Choose an IM, Check Out Their Social Network Support

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For many social networking users, the ability to connect social networking accounts with IM clients would mean greater flexibility in communicating with friends and family all in one place.

Fortunately, many of today's most popular IM clients offer social networking support, bringing them all together in one place.

This library of resources illustrates how easy it is to connect many of your favorite IM clients to your social networking accounts on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others, and the kinds of social networking support available.

Adium Social Network Support

As Mac's most forward-thinking IM client, Adium is one of the only Apple IMs to offer access to Facebook and MySpace, in addition to access to dozens of other IM clients.

AIM Social Network Support

For a single-protocol IM client, AIM offers some of the best social networking support around. In addition to connecting Facebook Chat, users can also expect to add Delicious, Digg, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube to the mix with the new AIM Lifestream feature in AIM 7.

Digsby Social Network Support

As one of the first to offer social network support for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, Digsby, an exciting and robust multi-protocol IM client, has created a following who value connections and community. In addition to social network support, Digsby also offers extensive access to email accounts, too.

ICQ Social Network Support

Want to add social networks to ICQ? The ICQ Feeds feature is a great way to harness the power of social networking accounts on IM. ICQ offers support for Digg, Delicious, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

Nimbuzz Social Network Support

Clean and easy-to-use, Nimbuzz for Windows and Mac offers users the opportunity to connect the multi-protocol IM client to Facebook Chat and MySpace IM users for chat even when you aren't signed in with your web browser.

Yahoo! Messenger Social Network Support

While perhaps behind on social network support, Yahoo! Messenger 10 for Windows does offer a few applications to help connect your favorite IM client to Facebook and Twitter. A Facebook application also helps friends and family send IMs and add your Yahoo! Messenger ID to their contacts list from Facebook.
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