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ICQ Starts Blocking Alternative Clients

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the well-that's-not-how-friends-play-nice dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "It appears that since yesterday ICQ has blocked access to the ICQ network to alternative clients. Users of QIP, Adium, and other clients are getting a 'The client version you are using is too old. Please upgrade'. No comment yet from ICQ or AOL."

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IC what? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030737)

In other news... people still use ICQ?

Re:IC what? (5, Informative)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030789)

Yes, ICQ is still big in China (Oicq) and Russia. Consider that the IM to first and fully support a character set will probably get the widest use, not to mention Oicq was fully integrated into cell phones long ago.

Re:IC what? (5, Informative)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030989)

QQ dominates the IM market in China.
OICQ was a rip-off of ICQ but was never compatible or even the same network as ICQ.

Re:IC what? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031655)

QQ dominates the IM market in China.

bunch of cry babies

Re:IC what? (0, Troll)

ya really (1257084) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030851)

ICQ...the perferred IM client for Russian and Chinese crackers/criminals. Seriously.

Re:IC what? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030879)

Seriously. The last time I used ICQ, I remember my geeky friend named Devin inviting me over to his house. We were talking about the hot new character on the current Star Trek show named Seven of Nine.

So, for what it's worth, if ICQ reminds me of Jeri Ryan... it can't be that bad, right?

Re:IC what? (4, Informative)

PIBM (588930) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031743)

well, I had not used it in a while, so I fired up my old pidgin client and I can connect just fine.

Yep, it's working.

Re:IC what? (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031015)

Just like I'm sure there's people running old DOS apps I'm sure someone still uses ICQ. Of course they'll most likely be using an official client.

I stopped using ICQ about 2003, the spammers started to use it more.

Still, it was notable for having offline messages long before MSN and AIM did.

Re:IC what? (2, Insightful)

residieu (577863) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031111)

I still have my client connect to my ICQ account out of habit. I miss the good old days of ICQ when you could leave the "talk to a random person" feature on.

Re:IC what? (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031465)

When were those? I got in on ICQ pretty early, and upon turning that feature on got immediately solicited/trolled.

Re:IC what? (1)

Achra (846023) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031759)

I remember those days also. Long gone. My ICQ # was 8 digits, beginning with 117 - so, not exactly a founding member.. But ICQ certainly used to be the only messenger. This was 2001, I think.

Re:IC what? (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031857)

My ICQ # was 8 digits, beginning with 117 - so, not exactly a founding member

7 digits, starting with 596 :) Take that!

Re:IC what? (5, Informative)

yincrash (854885) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031251)

This is also a nonstory. The fix is just incrementing the version number on what is reported to OSCAR.

Re:IC what? (1)

Veritas1980 (1008679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031793)

How would I do this using Pidgin?

Re:IC what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031527)

Yeah, every day.

One feature I still love about ICQ is that it allows me to leave offline messages for people that they get when they login, even if I've gone offline by then. I know MSN still doesn't support that - not sure about the other networks.

Miranda still working. (4, Informative)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030745)

No problems here using Miranda IM. (http://www.miranda-im.org/)

Re:Miranda still working. (0, Redundant)

Shinobi (19308) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030955)

Confirmed, Miranda works for me too

Heh, read the headline and went "Wtf?"

Re:Miranda still working. (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031315)

happened with miranda a couple of times already so i think it is just the matter of time.

Re:Miranda still working. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031891)

The summary is wrong. They don't block alternative clients but an old version of the protocol. Alternative clients that emulate the current version are fine.

ICQ is still around? Wow (5, Interesting)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030751)

That said, the forum thread is interesting. Looks like the ICQ admins are censoring posts.

Re:ICQ is still around? Wow (5, Funny)

distr0 (1161389) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030819)

not for long, they just lost 12 of their 14 users!

Re:ICQ is still around? Wow (5, Interesting)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031531)

Once upon a time ICQ was de-facto standard in Turkey. You know what they did? (AOL shareholders, listen)
They banned the TURKISH CABLE IP BLOCK, the _country_ from reaching their servers. They actually banned Cable ISP monopoly but it was like banning all active, high profile users.
People looked to alternatives, tried proxies (yes,pathetic but needed) and they stared at something which is already installed to their system. Windows (MSN) Messenger. The outcome will amaze you. Microsoft execs are at absolute shock because Turkish MSN _active_ users exceeds 25 million. That is 1/4 of country using a single service.
Hope the idiots banning a country because of couple lamers read this message. Yes, MSN has 25 million users... Thanks to you!

Re:ICQ is still around? Wow (5, Informative)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031589)

Is that Turk-Telecom that got banned?

Because, I gotta say, wow, that netblock generates a LOT of spam. Seriously. Like 25% of my spam comes from there.

Re:ICQ is still around? Wow (2, Informative)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031753)

No, cable ISP. They didn't ban Turk Telecom. Turk Telecom seems to care for spam reports lately (their mail spam rate going lower along with Poland) but they banned the Cable ISP. Imagine there is only Comcast in USA for Cable ISP and rest are 56K running people. You are banning entire Comcast from your network, they did something similar to it.
I still suspect some racial profiling etc. since it is really possible to hunt the individual spammers and if you are at a point of banning an entire ISP block, it is really time to call the Police of that country. OK- lets say not racial profiling but something like "Oh Turkey? Who cares, lets ban them". That decision cost them 25 million users.
Lets not forget that joke, MSN IM Protocol is a horribly engineered piece of junk and MS isn't known as some security champion company. They don't have that spam problem with 25 million potential zombies. So it can be prevented even by Microsoft.

Who still use ICQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030765)

I still know my ICQ number.. but haven't logged in years!

Re:Who still use ICQ? (1)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030827)

And now that you mention it, I can remember mine too!
wow.
Good call on their part to make them 7 digits long (at least at first) so that people likened them to phone numbers.

Re:Who still use ICQ? (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030993)

Me too...my 10-year-old ICQ # (8 digits) which I haven't used in 5 years...

Re:Who still use ICQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030995)

Didn't they start off 6 digits?

Mine is 6 (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031107)

My ICQ number is 6 digits, in the 500,000 range. I do not know if they started off at 100,000 or below. I never really used ICQ then or now. I just got a number to fit in. :P

Re:Mine is 6 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031273)

They started off at 100,000 for the public. People in Israel generally had first dibs the lowest numbers since Mirabilis was an Israeli company.

There were certain company accounts that went lower than that used for official purposes

Mine is in the 12xxxx range. It used to be a status symbol for being "oldschool," but now no one uses ICQ.

Re:Mine is 6 (1)

fyrewulff (702920) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031625)

It's not always fun to be old school. Every time I go online in a Source engine game, people always look up my Steam ID and constantly harass me with offers to buy it (it's 4 digits).

Re:Mine is 6 (4, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031299)

Oh crap. Between my Slashdot ID and my ICQ number, now even I realize how old I'm getting! I bet you kids don't even remember Napster itself!

Re:Mine is 6 (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031401)

Yeah, and how do you think *I* feel? :-/ and yeah, napster was great... sure it was back in the days of dialup, but there were actually choices and stuff to download; well worth the time spent compared to the stuff i can get on limewire/frostwire.

Sure, I could just use iTunes or something, but its not worth the dollar and the hassle.

Re:Mine is 6 (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031451)

Mine is between 150,000 and 180,000, and I think I got mine fairly early (in 1996).

Re:Mine is 6 (1)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031543)

My ICQ number was in the 386,000 range... can't remember the last 3 digits. Of course, I haven't used it since 1999, so I doubt the account is still up and running.

My big concern about this is whether this is a test to measure reaction before they start blocking 3rd party clients on AIM, which I do use. (though mostly I'm on Yahoo and MSN)

Re:Mine is 6 (1)

Noexit (107629) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031599)

I've got a six digit number, and I still use it. Mostly it's just for work contacts, but I still have a few friends and family that pop up from time to time. I login with Kopete and so far no problems.

Re:Who still use ICQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031215)

I still have and use my original 6 digit icq number. And fwiw can still connect with trillian, and can see several of my friends are connected as well.

Re:Who still use ICQ? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031091)

That's only cause you didn't have an older account with less digits...
Sort of like the whole Slashdot account numbers.

Re:Who still use ICQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031295)

I wonder if anyone managed to get the same Slashdot number as ICQ number? Or maybe that irony only happens if your number is 4815162342...

Re:Who still use ICQ? (3, Interesting)

JDAustin (468180) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031889)

I stopped using ICQ earlier this year when my low-seven digit account number was hijacked. ICQ provides ZERO methods of getting hijacked accounts back.

With Jews You Lose (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030783)

This is what happens when greedy Jews take over an instant messaging service.

They lock out everyone who doesn't feed their massive appetite for money and power.

It happened in Israel. It happened in Palestine. In happened in the West Bank.

It happened in Germany.

The holocaust was a lesson on how to deal with the Jewish threat. Next time we need to finish the job.

Re:With Jews You Lose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030919)

boooooooooooo

Re:With Jews You Lose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031077)

Go home Cartman.

Re:With Jews You Lose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031605)

What holocaust?

http://www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com/ [onethirdof...ocaust.com]

AOL (5, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030829)

The one thing AOL has always excelled at is cutting off its nose to spite its face. Though I am rather grateful for all those nice, metal disc boxes which I spray-painted in solid colors (for more worthy discs). They really look great.

Re:AOL (3, Insightful)

gehrehmee (16338) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031305)

Didn't we just a few months back hear about AOL Adopting Jabber (XMPP)? [slashdot.org] If AOL is seriously looking towards joining the non-legacy IM network, maybe this is just the latest in a long line of effort to de-emphasize and eventually scuttle ICQ in favor of something a little more modern. Or maybe not. One can dream though.

Wrong title! (5, Informative)

Tester (591) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030843)

Actually, they're forcing windows users to upgrade.. It has nothing to do with blocking alternative clients.

In other news, GnomeICU [sf.net] still works and pidgin has just made a new release with sends a newer version number.

Adium is already updated (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030855)

And working just fine at this very moment.

Re:Adium is already updated (1)

remmelt (837671) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031911)

After rejecting my password a couple of times three hours ago, it's now working again. Adium as well.

Adium already fixed (5, Informative)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030859)

I got the "your client is too old" message today, did a manual "check for updates" and found that a new version of Adium (1.2.6) was released and after upgrading ICQ works again.

ICQ? (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030875)

I thought ICQ died years ago. Apart from MSN, which I use very rarely, what other IM clients are in common use?

Re:ICQ? (1)

AkaKaryuu (1062882) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030973)

I'm still a heavy user of AIM and occasionally Yahoo Messenger. MSN I hear is quite common, however I only know one or two people who use it regularly. I've always been quite happy with the service from AIM. Except for the ads on their client, which can easily be fixed with Adium or Trillian.

Re:ICQ? (1, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031135)

jabber (supported by google mail) and yahoo im... I used to get laid fairly regularly with yahoo chat hookups. (And I was gay or had no standards, it would have been at least twice a day!) It went massively downhill with the bots though :(

Re:ICQ? (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031149)

What is supposed to be alive then if you don't use either MSN or ICQ ?
My non-geek friends use MSN, others use ICQ or jabber (mostly because of gtalk)
I still use IRC too.
My work made me use Skype as well.

Re:ICQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031155)

The biggest ones are AIM, Yahoo, Myspace IM and Gtalk.

Re:ICQ? (3, Informative)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031245)

My recent usage, on only one machine but my main workstation for the past 2-1/2 years, gives the following reports from du for my Adium log folder:

  • AIM: 86MB
  • MSN: 37MB
  • Yahoo: 50MB
  • ICQ: 0
  • GTalk: 4.2MB

Note that I only used MSN and Yahoo for a long time, and added AIM just a few years ago when I moved to a state where apparently everyone is on AIM. I think that there are regional trends for one network to be more popular than others. This probably has to do with the first few people in a particular high school or college starting with one IM network and nobody in that school bothering with the others since they all told their friends "Get X!"

Re:ICQ? (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031819)

AIM and ICQ have been the same network for a long time. I use the AIM transport in Jabber, but I use my old ICQ account and so everyone I talk to on AIM is talking to an ICQ user.

You != Everyone (2, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031309)

I thought ICQ died years ago. Apart from MSN, which I use very rarely, what other IM clients are in common use?

Depending your geography and demographics, then you will find the popular IM network is not the same. For example ICQ still has a certain popularity in Eastern Europe, QQ in China and South Africa. Avoid basing global statistics on your own usage habits.

Re:You != Everyone (2, Informative)

ldierk (1270930) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031723)

ICQ is also big in Germany. All of my friends use it over there. When I told a friend from the states about it she didn't even know what I'm talking about. Thanks to Miranda I can have her AIM account in the same contact list as all my other friends though.

Kopete works (4, Informative)

HappySmileMan (1088123) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030887)

Kopete fixed this [wordpress.com] , well, you have to edit a config file, but once you do that it works fine on Kopete.

No, you don't. :) (3, Informative)

Balinares (316703) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031261)

Kopete updates its version file automatically, so no need to edit anything. Kopete will do it for you.

Pidgin (GAIM) Already fixed (4, Informative)

Achra (846023) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030903)

I was getting this earlier, but the latest seems to connect just fine.

Hopefully wont spill over into AIM (1)

ya really (1257084) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030927)

I'd really hate it if Trillian or Miranda tells me tommorrow, "Please upgrade your version of AIM." Using the actual AIM client is like torture.

ICQ usage in different countries? (1)

stm2 (141831) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030929)

In Argentina ICQ is now something you may remember as you remember Altavista, and other ".com" fossils.
(most people use MSN, and geeks use gtalk).

Re:ICQ usage in different countries? (1)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031677)

Hey... I still use Altavista. Though admittedly, mostly for Babelfish. Who doesn't like a game of Babelfish Tag, where you take a simple message like "I like Chinese food", pass it through Babelfish 10 times, and then give it to the person sitting next to you at work so they can guess what the message was. :)

Identifying clients? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24030931)

To me, this mostly raises one question - how does ICQ identify clients in the first place, and why don't alternative clients spoof their identification and try to pass off as the official client?

Re:Identifying clients? (1)

daranz (914716) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031067)

They probably don't because it wasn't a necessity up to this point. All this will accomplish is force developers of the third-party clients to release hotfixes that change what their clients identifies itself as.

Adium 1.2.6 fixes it (3, Informative)

McDutchie (151611) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030947)

Adium 1.2.6 is now out which fixes ICQ connectivity [adiumx.com] .

This has been done before (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030949)

And I'm looking at you Yahoo. To ensure you have the latest and greatist piece of yahoo IM they disallow you to do any type of file/photo sharing and make web cam stuff a living hell unless you have the newest version. They were pulling this stunt back when i was using XP & Trillian. I have since moved up to Kubuntu & Kopete, but yahoo is still a POS in that respect.

Now, if Yahoo's native linux client wasn't stuck back in 1999 we might have a chance. Maybe with Google and Yahoo joining forces something will get done.

But I'm not hopeful.

Re:This has been done before (1)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031321)

Yahoo ignored the chance to move to the XMPP protocol and they decided to merge with MSN giving hell to BOTH networks users especially if one dares to use MSN with @yahoo.com e-mail. There is also a mysterious increase of spam/malware since that merge.

Every single "clone" will suck unless the networks use a completely documented protocol which is XMPP. I really admire Google guys to use that protocol, they could go with some "Google IM protocol" crap and nobody could say a word about it. Now there is a very known brand like Google, it is time to abuse it to push ordinary friends, clueless people to XMPP/Jabber protocol ;)

As spicoli would say (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#24030961)

"You Dick!"

Upgrades (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031009)

Wanna bet that within the next few patch of each respective IM client they will fix this? This is a common misconception for software companies is they think that restricting protocols like this will help pigeon hole people into using their software, when in 2 months all the other 3rd parties will work again...

Re:Upgrades (1)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031169)

Most users don't want to wait two months to chat again. From that perspective the pigeon hole technique likely works. What's more plausible is people will leave the AIM network and choose a different one altogether. Overall it sounds like some of the secondary clients are poorly made, some work and some don't. Maybe some of the poorer implementations have disregarded proper setting/passing of version # in the past and the network now requires it.

Old ICQ doesn't work either (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031025)

I fired it up last night to talk to some old UO friends. I was told that I would have to upgrade to connect so I did. The new client crashes every time I try to launch it. So, instead I tried Trillian and it worked. Maybe that's changed today; haven't tried yet. I will check it out after this con-call that I'm on.

for those with problems (1)

drkamil (1242294) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031033)

meebo.com [meebo.com] is an online client, works fine for me because i don't have the patched pidgin version

Re:for those with problems (1)

daranz (914716) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031205)

Meebo uses libpurple, which is the same thing that Pidgin uses. So, if you upgrade to the latest version of Pidgin, it should work just as well.

ICQ = EVIL ? (4, Interesting)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031143)

What I like is if you go to the tech forum on ICQ referred to in initial post you'll see that most if not all workarounds have been edited out by ICQ....nice.

Pidgin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031173)

Pidgin [pidgin.im] has released an update to fix it.

Malicious or just an upgrade? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031195)

If they changed the protocol as part of an 'upgrade', it only makes sense to block older clients. If a 3rd party isn't 'current' yet and is blocked its not AOL's fault.

Got same error using Pidgin (1)

Grogo67 (1311287) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031201)

But I checked and 2.4.3 was just released and that fixed the issue.

Who keeps track? (1)

Orleron (835910) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031247)

I've got like five different IM clients hooked into my Trillian, and I never even look anymore at which network I'm using. I could have not used ICQ in years and never known it.

Anyone else still using Trillian?

Re:Who keeps track? (1)

mapsjanhere (1130359) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031577)

Using Trillian here too, and it doesn't seem to have the issue described.

AOL Censorship (2, Interesting)

Braedley (887013) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031267)

It seems that AOL is censoring the names of alternative IM clients in the linked forum. Everywhere that Miranda or Pidgin should appear, there's ... instead. Ironically, iChat and Jabber are not censored (yes, I know that Jabber doesn't connect to ICQ).

Well at least I know why I wasn't connecting to ICQ earlier.

The message from ICQ tells me to upgrade Pidgin (1)

KeithIrwin (243301) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031269)


I'm using Adium (haven't upgraded yet) and the message I get is this:
"The client version you are using is too old. Please upgrade at http://pidgin.im"

So I don't think that it's really a matter of freezing out alternative clients. If it were, it would tell me to go get the new official AIM client, not Pidgin. Instead, I think they're just trying to force an upgrade beyond some specific version of libpurple. It could be about security issues, but I haven't really researched it.

I had to stop using it ... (1)

HerculesMO (693085) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031289)

I lost a very low 6 digit UIN (I was an early starter with it), due to the fact I couldn't recover any password or anything. I was extremely pissed off, so I just stopped using it.

That was 3 years ago.

Re:I had to stop using it ... (1)

ArtemaOne (1300025) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031421)

102686 here, still got it.

Less people can access ICQ... (2, Insightful)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031303)

And nothing of value was lost

ICQ has a messaging client? (1)

Bo'Bob'O (95398) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031367)

I thought it was advertisement system with a instant messaging feature in the corner somewhere.

Really though, I put up with the ads for years, and I may well still have been using it, but both AIM and ICQ got so bloated, plus the use of such large, animated ads, with SOUND. If they had just kept it simple, static ads, I'd never have bothered with a 3rd party client, and would still be getting their ads.

Yeah, I don't suppose it's right to still use the service without getting the ads (I use it far less now, though), but if I and people like me get pushed away, it's going to start to effect the numbers of people that DO use the ad based client.

I know google talk is ad-less, what are the adds like on MSN? Yahoo seems the worst offender, so I'd be curious what other options are out there?

The old Pidgin still runs, apparantly. (1)

pacroon (846604) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031391)

One of my friends, one who is too lazy to ever upgrade from Debian Stable, hence still running the old Pidgin, called Gaim, claims it to be working fine with ICQ.

meebo works (1)

smokejive (1136035) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031399)

meebo.com still works to access it.

just use jabber (1)

just_asgard (1079361) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031427)

Another good reason to stop raping icq's corpse and start to use nifty and religiously right jabber.

If they do that, it's going to be suicide for ICQ (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031455)

Why do people use alternative clients? Easy reason: To have one client able to access many IM networks.

You know what it's like. You have a few friends that use ICQ, others that use YM, still others that use something completely different... and you'd have to install 10 clients just to keep in touch with all of them.

What do you do instead? You install one client that handles all.

And what do you do when your client stops working for a certain network because its maker decides to disallow the use of third party clients? Will you stop using the network and tell your friends to get some other IM system to keep in touch with you, or will you clog your system (and ports) with yet another messenger software?

Intent not clear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031487)

My legacy GAIM never broke, and Pidgin, which had the problem yesterday, is fine this morning. Seems to have been an error rather than a deliberate attempt to interfere.

A Test??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031521)

This seems to be a force to current version as opposed to blocking third party clients. I still used ICQ 5.1 at work to stay in touch with a select few people, as it is not as obtrusive as AIM.

I have to wonder if this is an outrage test for AOL to see what kind of response they would get if they started chopping off the older versions of the AIM client.

I use ICQ for inline images (1)

Billhead (842510) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031661)

The only reason I use ICQ is because you can send inline images.
If anybody can point me to any other protocol that also supports it would be most appreciated.

Re:I use ICQ for inline images (0, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031719)

try goat-say.

Re:I use ICQ for inline images (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031859)

The only reason I use ICQ is because you can send inline images. If anybody can point me to any other protocol that also supports it would be most appreciated.

AIM supports inline images and it works with my client (just tested it). It doesn't seem to work with Jabber and my client though, but I can't say that is the protocol instead of the client.

misleading, to say the least (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24031807)

From what I can see the headline is terribly misleading.

ICQ did not block alternative clients, they blocked clients that were reporting an old version. This was done primarily to force users of older versions of ICQ's official client to upgrade.

Pidgin's website was down for a good several hours yesterday - getting hammered by people who couldn't connect to ICQ, I would assume. But once the site was up there was a notice right on the front page and a patch was almost immediately available if you wanted to compile it yourself. Took a little bit longer for the binaries to become available.

Today, less than 24 hours later, Pidgin is working fine for me again.

Pidgin is a no-go... (1)

McPierce (259936) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031821)

I've noticed the same thing. I can't get connected via Pidgin at all...

Uh Oh!!! (1)

morgauo (1303341) | more than 6 years ago | (#24031825)

Yah, the title of this comment says it all doesn't it? Ahh, I miss ICQ and my 6-digit id. Alas, logging on to that network is like returning to windows... spam popup, spam popup, spam popup You can really tell AOL owns it
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