The web of communication technology available is really quite astounding. In one part of this vast virtual world I use instant messaging. First, it was MSN Messenger. Now, it is Skype. Unfortunately, while I love using Skype via my macbook, the Skype application for iPod touch and I never got along. In fact, we never really hit it off well to begin with. The discovery of the IMO app was the discovery of the best instant messaging application for the iPod touch.
While I strongly prefer Skype, I still use Messenger at times, and I find it a hassle to run the two programs separately. The IMO app is a wonderful and free app that incorporates many different messaging systems such as MSN, Aim, Myspace, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and Skype. This means that I can use both Skype and MSN Messenger at the same time, and I do. There is also an option to link accounts together so that when you sign into one, you sign into all. It’s very convenient to have all my contacts from both programs integrated in one list, where I can view them all. The app can be downloaded from the official website (imo.im).
The IMO app’s interface is really quite simplistic, which makes it easy to use. Chat messages appear in aqua blue bubbles on a gray background and each new received entry produces a small tweet, which is quite fun. Of course, the app still requires some type of internet or wifi access to function. I have noticed that when I use Skype while signed into my laptop and my iPod touch, the messages remain updated in both, so that I’m never lost in the conversation. Whatever shows up in one, will show up in the other. I could just say that there was MSN, there was Skype, and then there was IMO.