Okay, I’m an IM junkie, and I’ll admit it. I’ve got 1-2-3-4-5-6, no 7 AIM accounts, and I use maybe 2-3 on a regular basis. I’ve got 3 MSN accounts, 2 Yahoo! accounts, an ICQ account (only a 7 digit UIN, too!) and sometimes I talk on IRC, too. My system tray has been cursed for years with bearing the burden caused by this extreme need I have to communicate. Then along came Trillian. No more ads, no more hassles of switching between accounts or even instant messaging systems. Who cares if my friend uses Yahoo!, AIM, or MSN? It’s all good, and all in one little program that I can customize to the hilt. It’s completely free, skinnable, I can make it transparent, it keeps track of my conversations for me, and it has about a hundred smileys to mess with. Some even have sounds to go with the smiley! I can do functions like global away, which sets all my accounts to away, without having to go through the arduous process of clicking on each individual tray icon and selecting an appropriate message. I still get to keep my buddy alert sounds, like the cash register that tells me my girlfriend is online (cha-ching!), and I also get new stuff like SecureIM, which is like AIM’s Direct Connect, but more secure. I’ve never been so impressed with a chat program before in my entire life. And did I mention it’s free? I love this thing!!!
I highly recommend this program to anyone who uses Instant Messaging with any frequency.