I recently upgraded my Trillian Astra 4.0 beta and when I was done, it told me to go vote in a polldaddy poll.
So I did. And then my brain does what it does so often: it locked up due to overthinking.
I actually answered without thinking at first, picking the only IM client on the list that I knew. I’ve been a Trillian user for, sheesh… a looooooong time. I’ve probably been a Trillian Pro user for 7 years, and I recently upgraded to Trillian Astra. I’ve been mighty impressed with it, I must say.
Anyway, the question got to me because… did I mention I picked the only IM client on the list that I knew? Since I’ve never used the other ones, how can I definitely say Astra was the best? (to be honest, I’ve heard of Pidgin but never seen it in use).
Sure, it’s the best for me. But I feel a little icky inside with answering because I don’t think it’s a fair question. Had the question been “Which IM client do you use?” or even “Which of these IM clients have you always been dedicated to?” it would be more clarifying.
Problem is, I’m happy with Astra and don’t even have an inkling of an urge to try something else. My buddy list is > 1000 people long, built over more than a decade of adding, tweaking and organizing. I use AOL, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, Google Talk, and JABBER. Oh, and Astra connects to Facebook. I still chat with some of the people on my list on a frequent basis, and I added them to my buddy list in 1998.
So can I get some forgiveness from the Internet? I could use it.