If you’re anything like me, you’ve created an account with just about every IM service out there. I, for one, still have/use a Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, and AOL IM account. For some, this means running four different chat clients at the same time, but solutions have existed for years. Even Mac’s built-in iChat supports multiple accounts (though they don’t support that many services).
Enter Adium. This IM clients combines all of your contacts from all your accounts into one “Buddy List” and chat interface, saving you not only the system resources required to run multiple chat programs, but all of the headaches of trying to juggle them all. The only thing that you’ll need to pull out another app for is video chat (which I’ll talk about later), as the Adium client does not yet support it.