Were you around in the late 90s when only a handful of people used the Internet? In those days, Microsoft didn't dominate the web browser market, people primarily logged on to FTP sites to download the latest freeware and shareware and chatting was done through IRC or ICQ (indeed, I don't know IRC isn't used more often as it's such a good tool for multi-user discussion). ICQ was almost the forerunner to products such as MSN Messenger as it enabled you to find your family and friends and add them to your ICQ manager and then swap files, chat on a one-to-one and more.
ICQ 6 has recently been launched and it's still worth investigating. The biggest downside to using the official ICQ is that it doesn't enable you to support other messaging standards, within the application. Trillian 3.1 is a good example of a multi-chat tool and might be a better option if you're wanting to chat to friends who insist on using a rival messenger.
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