@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.
@Rubbaduxx desperate and friendless children will always find a way.
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.
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