Communicating is a generational thing. Parents don’t always communicate the way their kids communicate. My wife and I use email. Our parents use the telephone. Our kids use texting.
In between are a dozen or more instant messaging systems. Some are standalone, some are embedded, all are different and similar, and only one Mac app pretty much does them all.
One App Touches Everyone
There are times when I wonder if instant messaging is dying as a communication form. Then I look at Adium. People adapt to new forms of communication. So does Adium.
This is the little Mac app that talks, chats, instant messages, posts, listens.
Don’t worry about bad hair days or vocal quality. Adium is not a video calling app.
What it does is connect you and your Mac to just about another other messaging system available.
The list is long: AOL, MSN, MobileMe, iChat, Jabber, ICQ, GoogleTalk, Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger, MySpace IM, Twitter, IBM Lotus and Novell GroupWise, and many others. Here’s how Adium can appear on your Mac (many different looks are available).
If instant messaging is one of the communication forms in your bag, Adium is a very good tool to have around.
Adium has nicely looking tabbed chat windows (so you can connect to others on different systems), full Address Book integration, and support for Growl notifications.
Adium also handles a couple of dozen languages, does communication encryption, and peer-to-peer file transfers.
Despite the price tag, I wonder about the future of instant messaging. A whole new generation has chosen text messaging, Facebook, and Twitter as the way to keep in touch. With Apple’s FaceTime video calling on the horizon, what becomes of seemingly archaic communication standards which make up Adium? Time will tell.