Digsby – The New Age IM Client

30 Apr

The thing that has recently caught my attention is Digsby. I have always longed for a multiple IM client that helps integrate all chat services but is not minimalistic and geeky. Though, Pidgin is a great multiple IM client, it has issues in enabling file transfers and video chat. It calls for extra-geeky meddling with options, if these things are to be made possible.

Digsby is a cool IM client which is sure to be the next big thing like Firefox. And like Firefox, it seems to hog a lot of memory. However, trust me that should not be a deterrent in using Digsby. This is because Digsby can make up for Msn, Yahoo, AIM and Gtalk clients. Imagine running all of these clients individually and it would certainly work out to that much of memory usage.

The setup file is over 11 MB and takes a while to download. Once this thing is installed, it is completely hassle-free. Though, it has the characteristic geek tinge to its minimalist interface, it can quickly be customized. In fact, geeks have more to rejoice for because it allows for back-end customization and a lot of scope for the ones that cannot keep from exploratory coding adventures.

Rightly represented by a friendly cute logo, Digsby is intuitive all the way. You can immediately configure all your IM accounts. But here is the easter egg. You can also configure your Facebook and Twitter into this IM client. It will give you updates about your Facebook pokes, friend statuses and other notifications. You can also update your Facebook status by using Digsby.

As if this were not enough, there is good news for the compulsive twitter addicts. Twitter allows for updates via IM but Digsby also lets you read your friends’ tweets. You can click on the Twitter tab in your Digsby interface to do this.

Digsby allows for tabbed conversations and has amazing skinning options that makes your boring IM windows look really new age. Those who use gtalk must especially be starved for some skinning and emoticon action. Now you can quench those cravings with Digsby.

I personally use Windows but I understand that Digsby is compatible with Linux and Mac as any open-source software is likely to be. They also have support forums and wikis to assist the newbies.

Digsby is here to stay. Check it out!


Posted by on April 30, 2008 in Reviews, Utilities


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6 responses to “Digsby – The New Age IM Client

  1. mike

    April 30, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Minor correction: While there are Mac and Linux versions in development, they are not publicly available and the software is not open-source.

    Thanks for the write-up =)

  2. philramble

    May 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Yo Phoenix, I went to the Digsby download page for Linux but wasn’t able to download anything – they don’t have a release yet for Linux. Digsby rocks and would integrate well with Ubuntu, besides being a real handy client. Pidgin is nice, but suffered a fork recently on a trivial issue! It was quite laughable and Slashdot has a story on it:

    Nice to see arbitweb getting updates after a while.

  3. Phoenix

    May 1, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    You are welcome to add some posts! 🙂

  4. UFGrayMatter

    May 4, 2008 at 12:12 am

    You can also use my Digsby Log Converter to import you old chat logs into digsby! It supports 7 chat clients – Yahoo, Trillian, MSN, AIM, Gaim, Pidgin and Miranda.

  5. Phoenix

    May 4, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Wow! I checked out your site… and love the idea… but I love your icons too! 🙂

  6. Retraining

    June 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Retraining.


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