Instant Messaging with Empathy
Empathy is a multiprotocol instant messaging (IM) client. It is
compatible with AOL* Instant Messenger (AIM), Google Talk,
GroupWise® Messenger, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, Jabber/XMPP, Yahoo!*,
and other networks.
With Empathy, you can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM
networks simultaneously. Empathy also supports many features of the
various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, and typing
To start Empathy, click , or press
Alt+F2 and enter
To add an account to Empathy, select . Click
, select the protocol you want, and click
. Then type your login information in the
appropriate fields. Activate the account by checking the
checkbox in the account list.
Add contacts by clicking . An assistant appears to
help with creation. However, you must be online and connected to the
selected messaging service to add a contact to your list.
To start a chat, double-click the desired contact and type your message
in the lower part of the chatting window. Press
Enter to send the message. The upper
part of the window displays the messages you have sent and received.