Myspace has launched its own instant messaging client, which allows you to talk to other users of the Myspace service. It’s currently in beta.
The client is very basic – a bit like Google Talk – and will only let you communicate with other Myspace users as it’s not linked to any of the other networks. A quick analysis using Ethereal seems to suggest that it’s using something similar to the MSN Messenger protocol but I’m not entirely sure.
Though I downloaded it, I’m not going to be using it – mainly because I only have a handful of friends on there and most already use MSN or something else. But with AOL and MSN trying to compete with Myspace and already offering mature IM clients, it’s easy to see why Myspace would do this. People tend to use what their friends use, and if all of their friends use Myspace IM then that’s what they’ll use. Though I prefer the ideology of Jabber and Google Talk, I use MSN most of the time since most of my friends are on it, though there are the picky few who insist on using AOL or Yahoo.
I’m sure it’ll only be a matter of time before the likes of Trillian, Adium and Gaim support this network, particularly if it’s very similar to MSN. But I do wish that the client was interoperable with other networks.