Saturday night, due to the immense boredom I was experiencing, I decided to configure my iChat Instant Messenging Client to understand and read my MSN contact list so that I could use one neat program to chat to both my Gmail and MSN friends. So afer setting out, finding and fulfilling the steps involved with “translating” my MSN list into Gmail/iChat readable format, I’ve now got all my chat contacts in the clean and zippy iChat. No more Mac MSN equivalent such as Adium, which dropped out every two and a half seconds.
UNFORTUNATELY HOWEVER, the first time I loaded iChat, I was bombarded with “Request Authorization” prompts that filled my screen….One hour and 500 “newly added” contacts later, I had managed to import MSN contacts into iChat (which doesn’t usually support MSN formats). But there was still one more catch – some contacts couldn’t be “authorized” so I’ve had to do it manually by adding them all into my Address Book and then deleting/adding them again. Absolute nightmare! And what makes all of this worse is that I am pedantic about giving all my contacts Nicknames so that I know who they are. So yeah, I’ve still got AGES until I’m done 😦
EDIT: Ooooo… I’ve just noticed that when not logged into iChat, and logged into Gmail chat instead, all my MSN Messenger contacts appear in the Gmail window! Woot!