One of the tasks performed most often through the Internet is communication in real-time. Even though there are many ways for connecting with people from around the world; instant messaging clients have taken the top spot.
It has to be pointed out that currently there is an infinite number of said clients such as Gaim, which of course, brings the possibility for contacting other users through contact lists that the user himself generates with the passing of time.
This marvellous utility has support for numerous operating systems such as MACOSx, Linux, Windows.
On the other hand, it has compatibility with several networks such as Jabber, Hotmail, etc.
It has an extremely understandable and friendly graphical interface for all users accustomed to using messaging clients.
In a few words, Gaim is an alternative with everything necessary for communicating with family or friends with complete ease.