AIM For iPad Is Free And Looks Decent

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Everyone eventually trades up from the AIM app to IM+ or BeeJive or Meebo, but the free AIM app for the iPad actually looks decent.

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Illustration for article titled AIM For iPad Is Free And Looks Decent

It looks like it has Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Twitter "support", as in it shows updates from those services in the "Lifestream" view. Having one app that does both IM and Twitter makes sense though, but just make sure you're typing your private messages in the right place. [iTunes]

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I think IM chatting is going to be the one major thing that makes "regular people" realize that they need multitasking more than they thought they did. I don't know one single casual computer user who doesn't have chat windows on the screen at the same time they're browsing the web. Apple really should have worked in some kind of special sidebar interface specifically for this problem, with auto-hiding chat windows like Google Talk in Chrome OS.