Lamenting the demise of instant messaging as a popular communication method

I’ve been thinking alot about instant messaging lately. I miss having my ALL of my friends and co-workers quickly available via iCHAT, AOL IM, or MSN messenger. Video and voice are great, but instant messaging was so efficient and it was supported across all hardware platforms. In March, Microsoft is shutting down MSN messenger to push people to their expensive investment in Skype, but most people don’t even know Skype can do instant messaging. Social has muddied the waters of one on one text chat. And IM platforms feel more fragmented than ever. What do you use know for “instant messaging now? SMS?, Skype? Facebook? Do you still use instant messaging platforms and keep them open on your mobile or desktop?