DigsbyAs much as I’ve been enjoying using Pidgin as a replacement for the trusty old Windows Messenger as a Instant Messaging client, it too has now been ditched in favour of my new, do-it-all workhorse, Digsby.

Digsby is a nifty, fairly unobtrusive (if you want it to be) little interface that provides three main functionalities, namely Instant Messaging, Social Network Monitoring and Email Notifications.

Now in terms of instant messaging, Digsby is a multi-protocol IM client which means that it allows me to chat with all my friends, regardless of whether they are on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk or Jabber, and all this gets done in a single, simple the manage buddy list.

Next is Digsby’s ability to hook into popular Social Networking applications like Facebook and Twitter, providing you with a useful newsfeed functionality that displays all the latest updates from those portals as well as allowing you to interact back should you see anything you with to comment on or reply to perhaps.

Lastly is the handy email notifications functionality that alerts you to any new mail you might have received on any specified mail account, as well as allowing you to then perform actions such as delete, reply, report spam with just a single click!

When running, the application docks itself into multiple little notification bar icons that allow you to quickly access and interact with any one of these functionalities, and the alerts themselves appear at the bottom left hand side of your screen, only staying for a few moments before quickly disappearing out of view again.

The program is highly configurable, extremely handy and is quite simply, my newest favourite workhorse (or should that be time waster?) on my machine in the office! :)

Related link: http://www.digsby.com