@Gargron I miss the days when I could chat with everyone, regardless of what service they used, through a single app. AIM/Google Chat/Facebook even ICQ.
If Adium's IRC implementation hadn't been crap, I'd even had used it for IRC.
Fellas... I was nostalgic about friendships from 7 years ago, not trying to make a point about technology. Although yes, that's valid too.
@Rubbaduxx ehhhh I used skype and forums in my infancy, and also 43 things and the youtube page comment section (remember those?) because people will ALWAYS find a way. my 7 year anniversary on twitter was in january too, not to mention my 5 year on tumblr is coming up in may.
it's much more streamlined nowadays though, no more jumping through hoops to talk to people, it's at the tip of your fingers.
1. have fancy-shmancy UI; while I like Pidgin's traditionalist UI, others don't
2. no one's making libpurple proto plugins for Slack & Discord or whatever - there's barely ones for open ones like Matrix! weechat is further ahead here...
3. pidgin allegedly has maintenance issues; security patches have trouble getting pushed to stable so I hear
4. desktop is less important
(tl;dr: factors for normal people to use pidgin/supported protos aint there anymore)
@Gargron my refusal to move to Skype when MSN did lost me most of my university friends from circa 2005.
I do have XMPP but none of my friends have been online since Gmail stopped federating.
Telegram seems to be the last place I can find any of my friends and I'm not sure they would survive a switch to another platform.