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How do I add an instant messenger session to my web page?

Problem:   

There are various instant messenger (IM) services available -- ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, etc. Someone recentluy asked how to provide visitors with a way of contacting them via IM.

Answer:   

ehall from Globalscape provides the answer:

These all depend on the correct software being installed and configured correctly (most are by default) to accept these kinds of links, but here's what I've found so far:

AIM: aim:goim?screenname=SCREEN-NAME-HERE&message=Hello+Are+you+there?

ICQ: http://wwp.icq.com/scripts/search.dll?to=ICQ-NUMBER-HERE

Yahoo: http://edit.yahoo.com/config/send_webmesg?.target=SCREEN-NAME-HERE&.src=pg

I don't know if it's possible to do the same with MSN Messanger, though...

IRC: irc://host.address.here:port/channel-name