Digsby is a multi-protocol instant messaging program that adds social networking and email notification integration. Digsby's IM support is extensive. Digsby connects to AIM, WLM (MSN), Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber and Facebook Chat.
Social network support includes Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn, giving you the ability to update your status and get live updates from your contacts.
And Digsby gives you email notifications for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL, IMAP and POP3 mail accounts. If you need to connect to multiple networks, Digsby is worth a closer look.
Digsby began as Steve Shapiro's school project as he worked on his MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology. The project grew to a team of developers, now operating as dotSyntax LLC. After two years of development, Digsby was first released in a private beta in February 2008, and to the public in March 2008. Since that time, Digsby has quickly grown to become one of the most popular multi-protocol IM programs on Windows.
One of Digsby's great features is the ability to personalize the look. You can create or download new skins to change the entire look of Digsby. You can switch the chat theme, load custom emoticon and sound sets.
Currently Digsby is only available on Windows (XP or Vista), but Mac OS X and Linux versions have been promised.
In late 2008, the Digsby installer was changed to include a number of “utilities” of dubious value. Most of these additional utilities are adware supported. Installation of these additional programs is fortunately optional, but be cautious to read each installation screen carefully and choose decline for these “extras.”
- Digsby – official site
- Digsby Blog – official Digsby company blog
- Digsby Forums – official Digsby support forums
- Digsbies.org – fan site with a feature wish list, skins, conversation themes, emoticon and sound sets
- irc://irc.freenode.net/digsby – IRC chat with the digsbies; frequented by the developers
- Digsby Widget – embed this on your blog and visitors can chat directly with you