How All-in-one Instant Messenger Works

Pros and Cons of All-in-one AIM

All-in-one instant messengers are a convenient way to connect to friends on different instant messenger services. Does that convenience come at a price? Here are some of the pros and cons of these applications.


  • You don't have to use multiple clients, each with different features and functions.
  • You can free up your computer resources by running one instant messaging application instead of several.
  • You can view all your instant messaging contacts into one list.
  • Depending on which application you're using, you can also use it to connect to IRC channels, social networking systems, and voice and video services.


  • You might find the list of protocols confusing and you might not be sure what to do with the ones you don't recognize.
  • You might find the user interface cluttered if there are more features in it than you intend to use.
  • You might find the user interface confusing if it has features you're not familiar with.
  • You might lose some protocol-specific features you like from the proprietary clients, such as webcam sharing or animated avatars.
  • Without different user interfaces to distinguish between services, you could accidentally send an embarrassing personal message to a professional contact.
  • The application might have better support for some protocols than for others.
  • Like with some proprietary clients, you may have to pay a fee if you want to avoid advertisements.

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