Bitlbee and weechat for a more keyboard based desktop
As I continue to change my desktop to be a little more geeky and keyboard based I have moved my IRC from pidgin (was gaim) or X-chat to WeeChat as I think that this will be a lot easier to script for intergration with wmii.
Next on my list was jabber chat, so I have migrated from Gaim to Bitlbee. This is slightly more extream as this is a IM to IRC gateway. You log your IRC client into a Bitlbee server and then all your buddies come up in that channel. I don't know how long it will last but it's fun to experiment!