Chances are your own email inbox may contain all the IM access you'll ever needs!
Periscope and Meerkat are less than three months old, but their early popularity indicates live video could really go mainstream this time, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones in many countries and faster mobile Internet speeds.
A multi-year nominee for the Reader's Choice Awards for Best Web-Based IM Client, is an exciting web-based chat client with support for AIM, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, My Space IM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! also has the distinction of having access to Skype without a download.
More » As a web-based chat client, Kool IM is fairly simple, but can certainly stand in for your favorite IM client when you aren't able to use it.
Provided both you and your contact have a stable 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection, Facebook says there shouldn't be a problem striking up a video conversation (though your quality mileage may vary).
Adding video chat to Messenger's features was pretty much a no-brainer, explained Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook Messenger's Head of Product.