Franz offers 14 messaging services in one application


Dec 7, 2011
Miami, Florida
If you’ve ever used an application like Adium or Trillian, then you know exactly how convenient it is to have multiple messaging services handled by a single application.

Franz is one such application. It handles 14 different messaging services, including some I had never heard of before.

Read about Franz here, then download it here.

If you do decide to try this application, you will promptly realize that it’s basically a web browser with pre-defined tabs that you can enable or disable for each of the IM services it supports. It knows the URL for each service it supports, so, for example, you don’t have to know that Facebook’s messaging service works from

There’s nothing too groundbreaking here. It cannot (yet) allow you to use an IM service that doesn’t have a web interface, such as ICQ. Conversely, there are services that do have a web interface, such as AIM, that are not yet supported by Franz. Obviously, these two are not extremely popular services anymore, but, if only for the sake of completeness, Franz should find a way to support these.

Franz does have the fairly neat ability to log into each service more than once, so you could, according to the app’s website, "even use five different Facebook Messenger accounts at once, if some inexplicable reason urges you to do so.”

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