Using ichat for msn, twitter, irc, icq etc – iChat can use jabber (xmpp). xmpp can use ‘transports’ to let you connect to other networks, like MSN, icq, irc, twitter, etc.
You can download a plugin that will enable msn on your iChat / imessages
Using ichat for msn, twitter, irc, icq etc
This tutorial will show you how to get all your chat services in iChat.
- download PSI from here (you need it to set up your xmpp transports)
- install it and open it up. it will ask if you want to login, just cancel that
- goto General -> account setup
- hit ‘add’
- in the name field, add a name (a username that you want to register)
- hit ‘register new account’
- in ‘server’ put
- hit save – it will open a box for you to put in a username and password
- hit save – it fill out some details for you.
- take a note of the username it gives you
- right-click the account in the main psi window, and go to status-> online.
- it will ask you for some details, fill in what you like and hit save.
- goto preferences -> events and tick ‘auto auth contacts’ [if you don’t it will hurt later on]
- right-click on the account again and go to service discovery.
- goto msn service, add your auth details.
- psi will open a window telling you that the msn transport wants to modify your list [the users you see] auth it by clicking the auth button.
- you should now see all your msn contacts.
- repeat this for all the services you want.
- twitter is a good one too – you have to auth the app to twitter, but then all the tweets appear in your chat list =)
You now have all your chat services setup on the xmpp gateway.
Now to get all this into iChat.
- open iChat
- goto preferences -> accounts
- hit the + button in the bottom left
- account type: jabber
- account name: the name you took a note of earlier [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- password: your password
You should now not get a flurry of ‘someone wants to add you as a buddy’ which would be painful. If you get them then its cos you didn’t tick the ‘auto auth contacts’ earlier on.