Instant Messaging in the multi-client world

My problem is easy to explain: one user with many computers wants to use Instant Messaging…but not with multiple accounts – not with one account for each computer but with one account and one buddylist.

I have three machines with 4 monitors which makes 3 keyboards and 3 mice. It’s hard enough to get that managed – I don’t want to manage anything related to my daily tasks. I want to optimize my daily work. And therefore I want what obviously nobody wants today. Some kind of distributed Instant Messaging Network. I want something on top of the usual IM Services (e.g. MSN, ICQ, AIM, Jabber) – Let me show you an example:

Iam using all three computers – they are all signed in to the “Meta-IM-Network”. – And they all receive Events from that Meta-Network. When a buddy goes offline/online…he will go offline/online on all three machines simultaneausly. When someone writes a message to me. It will appear instantly on all three machines. When I’ve read the mail on any of the three computers the message will disappear on the other machines…

I think you get the idea. Why isn’t this possible? Why did nobody think of something like that? I want that NOW!

6 thoughts on “Instant Messaging in the multi-client world

  1. You forgot to mention that those computers use different operating systems. And for what its worth, I’d really appreciate this Meta-IM-Network too.

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  2. I need those Programm too – because I´ve tow PCs.

    Have a nice day Daniel


  3. Did you already have a look on jabber?
    You can be logged in several times, the buddy lists are hold on the server. From each online client you can send instant messages to friends. The only problem is, that incoming messages are sent to the client that has the highest priority – but perhaps this can be changed.

    There is a jabber server running on hera (

    have a nice day,

  4. I’ve read the Jabber Specification and the wikipedia article on jabber – I’ve even tried Jabber some days ago (using AdiumX and Trillian) – but actually I don’t have any Jabber Buddies…Beside that Jabber does not have the features I asked for – Jabber COULD be what I’m searching, because there is plugin functionality that allows the client to connect to ICQ,AIM,… – but as far as I can see it’s just a rudimentary implementation of this available…not what I’m searching. In the corporate environment Jabber is great imho. – But I want to use my 400+ ICQ/AIM/MSN Contacts…and have server-based history… and and and and…

  5. I think the easiest way to do this is to use centericq.
    It is a terminalbased client.
    Just run it on one machine and access this one via ssh or telnet.

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