I’ve been meaning to give Digsby a spin ever since the public Beta was released about two weeks ago. It looked like it was a well designed cross-network (and cross-platform) instant messenger, and it offered quite a few features that no other instant messengers have touched on before. And after having used it for only about 30 minutes I think I may have found myself a new messenger. In case you’re wondering it is free!

As you would expect with a cross-network messenger this one supports all of the major networks, just like the open-source Pidgin does. In addition to those you can also add some social networks like Twitter or Facebook where you can change your status from within Digsby. Still not impressed? Here’s a list of some of my favorite features it has:

  • AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber messenger account support
  • Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook support
  • Check Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail. AOL, IMAP, or POP accounts for new mail
  • Reply to instant messages directly from the popup notifications
  • Tabbed conversations
  • Audio/video chatting provided by TokBox
  • Inline spell checking
  • Update your status with the music you’re currently listening to
  • Complete synchronization across computers (including everything from skins to status messages you create)

One of the coolest features has got to be the fact that you can reply to messages from within the notification window that pops up. I mean really, that is pure genius right there. No more having to switch back to the chat window just to send a quick reply! What a huge time saver.

It’s also been difficult for me to find a good application or messenger that can support checking multiple email accounts, and also provide decent notifications when the new mail arrives. That’s one of the reasons I’ve really grown keen to Digsby. Not to mention that the interface is very easy on the eyes:


If you haven’t been content with your instant messenger then I recommend checking out Digsby. It’s completely free, and works on Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.