They ruined ICQ when they bought out Mirabilis and I used to get porn-ads every day on ICQ before I said "To hell with this ****". What happened to privacy? It means nothing when AOL sells UIN lists to anyone with money. **** that noise and screw the whole 'provide them as a means of generating income' bullshit because guess what. AOL is the number one "ISP" because of it's UI, which handholds every dumbass with a computer bought at Best Buy, Walmart, you name it. Give a good product and yeah, I'll agree to that but AIM isn't a good product (exploits anyone?), it's simply the most used IM out there due to the #1 slot it holds. As for 'generating income', you mean the ads you're forced to endure with AIM? There's only so much you can turn off and I'm betting money that only lasts a bit longer before you're forced to look at ads, look at stock quotes for AOL, and other useless **** that isn't worth putting up there. As for Trillian, they're making a product that's compatible for 5 chat mediums, not server-hosted chatting, you dumbfsck. GAIM was probably done by someone who had some spare time and said 'Why can't linux users use AIM?'.
why one earth do you think that you deserve the right to use their services. They only provide them as a means of generating income. If the makers of trillian and gaim are so concerned with the internet community's ability to chat, then they can setup their own servers and do as they wish. Get a clue you idiots, you can't expect something for nothing.