Time for a little social study i think.
Starting on Monday, the only instant messenger i will be using is Googletalk. But why switch from MSN to Google? Practically all of my contacts/friends in the real world use MSN, they have done usually because their friends told them to, and so they settled for it. And up to now i have had to settle for it in some form or another.
Either using MSN Messenger on my pc… currently using 50mb of Ram with one window open, its a bloated, hideous and ad filled. Opening two conversations takes up my whole screen and there are so many pointless features like customisable backgrounds and winks!
Or i could use an alternative Client like Gaim, but then you still have to use the MSN protocol to speak to people which is again fat and bloated, takes 4 times as long as yahoo or google to sign in and often leaves messages undelivered and signs you out without warning.
I can only put up with terrible software for so long before i have to change, and google talk is the perfect replacement for me; Lightweight (5mb of ram with one window open), small, clean, fast and simple. Its also intergrated into my Gmail account so even if im on a computer without google talk i can still use it just by surfing to my Gmail.
The only 2 things that i can see that i will be loosing are display pictures (I know what my friends look like already!) and file transfer, although the file transfer in MSN is useless with an file bigger than 1mb.
Now its just a case of will i have anyone to talk to!
I currently have 22 contacts on MSN and 10 on GTalk, I usually talk to about 7 people on a daily basis, 4 of which already have Gmail accounts, so it shouldnt be too hard to switch the other 3, but i dont think that anyone else will bother to switch, they have too many people who have to many people that use MSN and it wont be easy to get every idiot to give up their custom smileys and display pictures.
I like to think of this as a mini verison of the battle Apple and to some extent Linux (half of the linux community dont want n00bs using linux) are going through to try and switch people from using Windows.
I’ll keep you posted about how it goes starting on monday.
*I’d also like to add that there is no offical mac client, but as gtalk is based on the jabber protocol, so you can log into it via AdiumX and iChat, and gaim on Linux.