People are always hounding about how everybody should use Pidgin or Adium or messenger-of-the-week 'x'. But why? For users who only use one or two services, is there any reason to switch?
Depending on the operating system, there may or may not even be an official client. In the case of Mac OS X, the official client may not have the features you want, or simply you don't want to have 6 different IM applications open.
Programs like Adium and Pidgin allow you to customize and bring all your IM accounts together in one (usually much faster loading) program that makes it easier to handle. Your downside is some features aren't supported but I'll gladly give up nudges, winks, and handwriting for good old text based IM any day of the week.
I switched away from pidgin; I now use google talk and an MSN transport for my MSN chatting because
I use Adium on OS X for the following reasons:
- Better integration with Growl for message notifications
- Much more themeable, I have very good control over the chat UI
- Feels more like an OS X app
I only use MSN with it as all the people I need/ want to IM are MSN users so I could use the Mac MSN client, but I have more options now ;)