I have spent the last hour trying to get two colleagues in a Yahoo Instant Messenger chat room at the same time, unsuccessfully. I dutifully downloaded the latest version of their YIM Client for Mac OS X and all I can say is do they beta test these things?? I try to add one of my colleagues as a “friend” and as far as I can tell, clicking “ok” is synonymous with clicking “cancel”: nothing happens, no message pops up, no status update, they don’t (apparently) get a request of any sort, and I never see a failure message.
After much thrashing, I’m finally in a so-called “conference” room with one of the two of them, and they can’t see what I’m typing. This makes ICQ look good, and that’s quite an accomplishment. Blech. A pox on the Yahoo IM client for OSX team for wasting my morning!
You might want to check out “Fire”… If you’re not familiar, it’s an all in one Instant Messenger (YIM, MSN, AIM, ICQ, XYZ, LEMENTOPEA, Etc). I’ve used it in the past and it works quite well (it’s basically the “Trillian” for OS X).
Check it out at http://fire.sourceforge.net/
(one of those guys from Gnomedex that talked about “those guys” from MicroURL.com)… 🙂
I run Fire, as it happens, but I’ve never been able to get it to work with “conferences” versus one-on-one chats. 🙂
I do most of my work from a home office and communicate with many people–all over this country and others–many times each day using Windows Messeger. For IM and group chats it “just works”. And for those running on Win XP with a UPnP-compliant router, VoIP (voice-over-IP) “just works”, too. I estimate the VoIP saves me hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges.