Ever since someone persuaded me to get ICQ, chat programs has been a large part of my life on the net. Not only did I download and USE chat programs, I then combined them with my love of graphics, and SKINNED them!
Now, after trying ICQ, Yahoo, AIM, Skype, Trillian, iChat, PowWow, Odigo, and MSN, now Google is getting into the act too!
"Google Talk, Google’s long-expected entry into the IM and VoIP market, has arrived. As predicted, Google Talk is a full-fledged IM client based on the open Jabber protocol with VoIP thrown in for good measure."