Okay this is way off-topic but its obvious that most everyone here has an Instant Messenger program, but there are four of them (ICQ, AIM, MSN, and Y!) and some only have one or two. There is a free program called Trillian which allows you to login to IM accounts on ICQ, AIM, MSN, and Y! and talk to all of your buddies on all of those IM services. If one IM service goes down u can still use any of the others. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is also supported. Best of all you don't have to put up with ads or spam from any of the IM services.