I hate IM softwares! A couple years ago I was using mIRC like a freak day and night then I switched to MSN Messenger then got sick of it, really. I haven’t opened any of my IM accounts for two years now.
IRC was a good step forward of BBS in the 90s, but let’s be honest, sending files it as mess, so is text formatting.
IM programs, in the opposite, have become so blotted with useless features. And sending files is not that easy, doesn’t work all the time and is bloody slow.
But all those are desktop softwares, you have to install something on your computer. If you’re at school, at work, anywhere else you’re home computer, don’t even think about it. Once you get it installed, you have to enter a password (another one), wait for it to connect and as a reward it keeps popping messages when you’re demoing something to a customer.
OpenKiwi is a free minimal web chat service. It only does text chat, nothing more.
But since the chat log is a web page, you can share files, pictures and videos easily and fast. Nothing to install, no server to find and connect to. Send the link to your friend by email or link in your blog.
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