If someone would ask me what’s the best messaging platform for web and mobile for different IM networks such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MSN, Steam, Facebook and so on rolled into one, I’d answer IMO.IM.
Their platform is just so beautifully done that it made everything easy — easy to load pages, easy to manage contacts (even blocking mind you), easy to search through chat logs. They also had a rather unique upload function that can let you upload photos immediately as you take them in your mobile device. Another thing that I have enjoyed was their ability to convert uploaded files to 24-hour links to none IMO.IM users. Again, BEAUTIFUL. This is even the lack of me using their video and voice call functions.
But there’s a very big but somewhere and it was something I really didn’t like contrary to the 80’s song.
As of March 3, IMO.IM sent out saddening news through the mail, that they will be discontinuing their support for all third party platforms. Say good bye the one solution for all IM networks.
It was easy to accept when IMO.IM had to discontinue Skype through their platform due to security restrictions… but really all the rest?
My heart shatters for the platform I have lovingly endorsed for the past 2 years to friends and colleagues.
Despite IMO.IM’s sad news, I have to admit they were smart enough to create a chat history export service for those who have valuable chat logs to save. It neatly packages the exported files in a text file in a ZIP with specific filenames based on the account. It is very handy for those who have more than one account with them like me. Though this service is good up to March 7, 2014. So if you are an IMO.IM user, do it now before it disappears!
So now here I am on a prowl for a good chat platform for all my IM accounts via web and mobile…. Any suggestions out there?