Suggested Instant Messaging Providers
For work, I need to sign up for a instant messaging account using a free provider of my choice. Common suggestions include Yahoo, MSN, Gmail, and AOL.
I plan to use a free third-party client--perhaps Pidgin or something rather than the provider's proprietary client.
In my deep dark past, I used to work for a marketing company, and I know not to trust Yahoo, MSN, Gmail, or AOL, given their underhanded, behind the scenes, "don't overtly tell and hopefully no one will ask or find it in buried in the legalese goop (aka Terms and Conditions)" methods of automating the marketing experience for users.
Do any of you know of any relatively ethical and free Instant Messaging providers?