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PIDGIN: One Messenger for All Networks

by: Ailene B. Misa | 16 Feb, 2010 08:11:05

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Most of us uses instant messaging simply because it’s practical, convenient and fast.  There are different network that offers this service like Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Google, etc.  Most of us have an existing account on at least three of the following network.  There are times to you have to log in and out of each network to talk to all of them or open all those messenger.  Am I right?

Let me tell you this, there is a better solution in chatting with your friends in different network using only ONE messenger.  You heard it right folks!

This article will introduce the use of a messenger that you can use at once with different network.  I believe that right after you read this article, you will immediately decide to download this software and try how it works.  Well that is fine; I just really want to share this amazing experience.  It helps me a lot.

Alright let me start the discussion.  Have you ever heard of the word PIDGIN?  If not, let me define first what it is.

Wikepedia defines pigin as: “a multi-platform instant messaging client, based on a library named libpurple. Libpurple has support for many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various different services from one application”.  It is formerly known as Gaim.

Pigin is like the other chat program or messenger the only difference is that it allows you to log in on your multiple chat networks.   It supports almost all chat networks like Yahoo, MSN, AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, etc.  It is like you are chatting with all your friends from different network while sitting in one room the Pidgin.

This program can run in different platforms or operating system like Windows, Linux and UNIX.  It combines by means of the system tray of Windows.

Like other chat networks, Pidgin has chat features like file transfer, icons and notifications.

So when does it started?

Pidgin software was developed by the Pidgin developers.  It was first released in 1999.  Due to some problems bugs and patches it is in constand development up to present.  The first stable version was released last January 8, 2010.  This program is written using the following programming languages: C#, Perl, Phyton, TCL for plugins.

Pidgin license is GNU general Public License or simply it’s free and has no advertisements.  It is an open source code.  If in case you want to alter the codes, you must distribute so that others might know it.

Also, Pidgin is translated in different languages. Translations were done only by volunteers.  Here are the list of available translations in alphabetical order:  Afrikaans, Albanian, American English, Arabic, Australian English, Belarusian Latin, Bengali, Bokmal Norwegian, Bosnian, British English, Bulgarian, Canadian English, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Flemish, Dzongkha, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Euskera(Basque), Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hong Kong Chinese, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazil, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

In 2007, there were almost 3 million Pidgin users worldwide and I believe thise number is rapidly increasing daily.

If you want to download this software feel free to visit their site  If you need help about the software you may visit

Also, there is a step by step procedure on their website on how to start and manage your Pidgin.

Enjoy chatting!  Don’t forget to share your experience about Pidgin with others.  That is the vision of the Pidgin community.

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