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Gossip: Facebook's rumored IM service involves Social.IM acquisition

A rather unsubstantiated report suggests that the social network will be purchasing one of its own developer applications in order to fuel a new IM client. The developers in question sure are having fun with the rumor.

By March 15, 2008


Trent Reznor on social networking: I'm out

The Nine Inch Nails front man and Webby award winner says on his blog that he's tuning out of social networking because it does more harm than good.

By June 11, 2009


Digsby: Social networks and IM meet

Move over, Trillian and Pidgin. This stylish chat app combines multiple instant-messaging accounts with Web e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, and throws in file transfers and SMS, too.

April 17, 2008


Yahoo to combine universal IM with social networks

Is the best way to connect people really to have them "superpoking" one other all day? Matt Asay says he'd rather be able to actually chat with well-selected friends.

By November 27, 2007


VelvetPuffin, a social network masquerading as unified IM

VelvetPuffin is a clever app-based social network, but it doesn't go far enough.

By July 20, 2007