It allows you to manage multiple conversations with tabbed conversation windows; drag tabs into their own windows for important conversations.
Empathy is the default chat client in current versions of GNOME, making it easier for other GNOME applications to integrate collaboration functionality using Telepathy.
With Imo you can talk to your friends on any IM network and join the imo network to make new friends.
Currently supported networks include MSN, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Facebook, AIM/ICQ, Jabber, My Space, Hyves, VKontakte and Steam.
Iwantim is a web messenger that boasts a simple approach and set up to engagement software.
You can tell it about your accounts on all those services and do all your chatting within one application.
Empathy uses Telepathy for protocol support and has a user interface based on Gossip.
It also acts as a place to answer questions and collect statistics.
Lib Answers' customizable widgets combine knowledge base searching (with auto suggest), real-time chat (Lib Chat), and question submission form all in one simple widget.
IM tools provide options for librarians who want to communicate with users by embedding free and open source clients on subject guides, websites and blogs.
IM tools provide a good counterpoint to Facebook and Twitter, both of which function as communication and social presence tools.
The user interface is simple and has acceptable performance standards.