I’ve written several drafts of my Yahoo IM “update” experience, but all turned into *major* rants. For a better summary see Marketing Pilgram’s post.
So I switched to Trillian Basic 3 (free) and uninstalled Yahoo & AOL. I still have gTalk, but I’ll buy Pro soon (adds Video Chat, Jabber/gTalk, GroupWise, Rendezvous, “Identities”, and more).
It’s been great. No annoying Ads taking up screen real estate, no annoying pop-ups at startup, and all my IM contacts in one location. I highly recommend it.
Trillian™ is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
Without stealing your home page and with no other included software, pop-ups, or spyware, Trillian provides unique functionality such as contact message history, a powerful skinning language, tabbed messaging, global status changes (set all networks away at once), Instant Lookup (automatic Wikipedia integration), contact alerts, an advanced automation system to trigger events based on anything happening in the client, docking, hundreds of emoticons, emotisounds, shell extensions for file transfers, and systray notifications.