I was just wondering how much (if any) Yahoo and MSN really lose from third party clients. I mean I use Yahoo protocol in Gaim, and if someone doesn’t chat, I don’t usually tell them to use Gaim (if they don’t already chat they are prolly clueless n00bs, who I don’t want to make life complicated for), I point them to yahoo and have them download and use the standard client.
I wouldn’t use the Yahoo client if you paid me to. Until I discovered Gaim I just stuck to IRC and Xchat, but because their Yahoo’s protocol was open (enough) and Gaim was implementing it, I used it and suggested friends who didn’t chat to do likewise, I even converted people from MSN for that matter.
I should be their best friend, but now I can’t chat with the people that I converted to Yahoo. Oh well, time to tell them about Gaim and fire up Jabber.