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Top 12 Web Messengers

Compare Web-Based IM Clients for Chat without a Download

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When you cannot download an IM client, web messengers are a great, web-based alternative for keeping in touch with friends and family. Unlike other multi-protocol IM clients, web messengers require nothing more than a screenname to your favorite IM and a web browser.

The 12 exciting web-based chats reviewed here offer great user experiences, each unique to their audience. But, which web messenger is best for your needs?

Read on to discover which web messenger is best for your use, whether at home, school, work or on a public computer, where download is not possible.

AIM Express Web Messenger

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Just like AIM, AIM Express web-based chat client offers access to your friends on AIM, Facebook Chat and ICQ. The only difference is you can keep in touch with this light, fast web messenger application without a download.  Also includes access to AIM Lifestream, for quick access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, Buddy icon support, and more.

Chatab.com Web Messenger

Even as an independent web messenger, Chatab.com is a powerful, exciting IM client and web browser all-in-one.  In addition to support for AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, users can also use Chatab's integrated web browser to search the web while chatting with friends.

eBuddy Web Messenger

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Recently updated with a fresh re-skin and faster service, eBuddy Web Messenger is one of the Internet's best web-based chats, yielding five stars in its About.com review. Features support for AIM, ICQ, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.

ICQ2Go Web Messenger

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ICQ users can now get free, global access online with their fast, easy-to-use web messenger chat client, ICQ2Go. In addition to access to your favorite AIM and ICQ contacts, ICQ2Go users can send free text messages.

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ILoveIM.com Web Messenger

© 2004-2010, ILoveIM LLC. All rights reserved.

ILoveIM.com is a single-protocol web messenger client, offering support for AIM, Gtalk, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger. Users can only access one IM service at a time.

IM+ Web Messenger

IM+ Web Messenger Web-Based Chat
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Once only a prominent mobile IM client, IM+ Web Messenger is the new sister product of SHAPE Service's IM+ client.  With support for AIM, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpaceIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, users can send and receive IMs and maintain multiple accounts.

IMO.im Web Messenger

Courtesy, IMO.im
A multi-year nominee for the Reader's Choice Awards for Best Web-Based IM Client, IMO.im is an exciting web-based chat client with support for AIM, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, MySpaceIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. IMO.im also has the distinction of having access to Skype without a download.

KoolIM Web Messenger

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As a web-based chat client, KoolIM is fairly simple, but can certainly stand in for your favorite IM client when you aren't able to use it. Features support for AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber and Sametime.

Meebo Web Messenger

Courtesy, Meebo © 2010

Meebo is one of my favorite web messenger chat clients for one simple fact: personality. In addition to accessing your favorite IM clients, including Facebook Chat, Meebo also offers a number of exciting Meebo chat rooms from which to meet new friends.

Nimbuzz Web Messenger

Courtesy, Nimbuzz.com

As the recipient of three 2010 Reader's Choice Awards, you better believe Nimbuzz's web messenger is a real winner. In addition to chatting with friends and family on Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, AIM, MobileMe, Google Talk and more, users can also share files, too.

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