Instant Messaging

As the name implies, instant messaging allows for immediate communication between computer users in real time. It is useful for a number of tasks, including:

  • Get a quick answer to a short, simple question
  • Confer with several people online simultaneously
  • Send or receive a message while you are on the phone
  • Converse over long distance without phone charges

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides three IM programs on workstations in Unity computer labs :

  • Pidgin (Windows)
    Windows and Linux versions of PidginThis link will open in a new window are also available as free downloads. You can configure it to work with several IM services simultaneously; e.g., AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!.
  • iChat (Macintosh)
  • AIM (Macintosh)

Other IM programs