If you have not heard yet, Digsby is the newest IM client on the block with a difference. Besides incorporating MSN messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Aim and Jabber as IM clients into this slick easy to use all-in-one interface, Digsby goes the extra 10 yards by incorporating social networking clients like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as well as email accounts from Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo!Mail and even POP and IMAP.

The interface is highly customisable, with a huge variety of presets to play around with until you find the look that suits you best.

Managing all your communication through a single platform is seamlessly managed with subtle popups informing you of changes, and brief email summaries available on mouse-over. Allowing custom alias settings makes it easy to manage the massive amounts of contacts Digsby can manage via all the various clients, and in my opinion the coolest feature is the ability to drag and drop contacts that have different accounts to form a single contact point on your Digsby window. So, if you have the same contact with a GTalk, Yahoo! and MSN account, simply drag one on top of the other to form a single listing that has access to all three IM clients. toggling between the clients is made super easy by using a simple drop-down selection from the chat window.

There does exist a security issue though, which was aptly brought to my attention by my angel :). Is it safe to have all your accounts with passwords and complete control in one application? I guess that is a question left to be answered. Digsby makes an attempt to solve this, by having its own unique Username and Password. This is generic to access your Digsby account, and all your subscribed services are then accessed via the account settings saved on the Digsby system.

It is also important to mention that this is a web based system. So accessing your Digsby account from any PC anywhere in the world while saving all your settings is a dream come true for mobile junkies!

All in all, a damn brilliant application. Still fairly new, so updates are coming in pretty quick and I must admit that I found it to be abit RAM resource heavy. But then these issues are always present during the teething phases of any application!

Available to download for Mac, Linux and Windows makes it a pretty good sell!

I would rate Digsby to be the best thing to happen to communication since Alexander Graham Bell!

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9 Opinions

  1. Jared // 16 April 2008 at 07:36

    I am most certainly going to be trying this out as soon as possible.

  2. HoTsTePPa // 16 April 2008 at 08:08

    Good stuff!

    Let me know how it works out for you. There is also a blog on their website, where you can post your wish list for future updates. Great idea and great way to get user involvement.

    I've asked for Skype, RSS reader, and more productivity tools like Google calendar integration.

    Good luck!

  3. Chris M // 17 April 2008 at 08:40

    Now this sounds like a great IM client. I've used clients such as pigeon, which sound similar, but it doesn't incorporate the social networking side of things - Something like this could potentially save a great deal of time!

    Thanks for the heads up hotsteppa!

  4. HoTsTePPa // 17 April 2008 at 09:47

    No sweat!

    Lemme know about your experience with it.
    I have found that it has a small memory leak. Could be a problem when heavily multitasking like i find myself doing very often.

    Otherwise im pretty happy so far. Looking forward to newer versions!

  5. Island Chic // 18 April 2008 at 20:53

    Yippeeee, we got a fan ;-)

  6. HoTsTePPa // 19 April 2008 at 00:59

    Yeah babes, I really dig. very rarely am I excited about a novelty app like this, but Dugsby is outright convenient. All in one communication at its best.

    Now if only they come out with a version for my phone and I wont just be a fan, I'll stalk them! :)

  7. Island Chic // 19 April 2008 at 17:15

    It's just a matter of time!

  8. Chris M // 19 April 2008 at 20:12

    I downloaded a copy and have not had a chance to install and give it a bash, but I plan on doing so shortly!

    You need a subscribe to comments plugin or something, so I know once people have tried on these threads :)

  9. HoTsTePPa // 19 April 2008 at 21:19

    @ chris - yeah mate, but blogger plugins aren't as flexible as the competition. I've started rebuilding the template in WP, but its soooo tedious and boring, that i stopped halfway!

    But yeah, I'll sort it out :)

    UPDATE:

    Digsby has the following awards:
    * Best Instant Messenger Experience (Digsby)
    * Most Improved Instant Messenger (Digsby)
    * Best Third-Party IM (Digsby)
    * Best IM Feature (Social Networking and Email Integration)
    * IM Developers of the Year (dotSyntax, LLC)