centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu, and Jabber protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features. An internal RSS reader and a LiveJournal client are also provided.
BitlBee allows users to talk to people on the major instant messaging and microblogging networks (including MSN, Google Talk, AIM, and Twitter) from within any IRC client by emulating an IRC server. Virtual channels are created with all of the user's contacts in them, who can be talked to in the channel or in a query. Also, one can participate in group chats and chat rooms like they were normal IRC channels.
LarryMessenger is a simple to install and easy to use cross-platform instant messenger client. It has a nice graphical user interface, and allows people to communicate over a LAN with static IP addresses without the need for a central server. Furthermore, it provides functions to query the ICQ and AIM networks.
The Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging proxy is a multi- platform proxy that allows you to have private conversations using the AIM client of your choice. It provides encryption, which prevents someone who intercepts your instant messages from reading them, authentication, which ensures that the correspondent is who you think it is, and perfect forward secrecy, which ensures that no previous conversation is compromised if you lose control of your private keys.