Muddy, it’s an option in most of them to log on during startup. You can find it in most of their option menu’s. No, I don’t know where it is. I use pidgin … not a bad IM’er if you just want to use multiple accounts. It’s getting better with every edition too.
I use meebo.com for IM management these days. No install… it is just a website with some flash stuff. If I want IM on, I go to the website and log in. If I don’t want to be bothered by IM, I don’t go to the site.
I’ve also used it to get around firewalls that block IM. 😉
Meebo? Now that sounds like a Muddy solution. Sounds like a slick service. I can see where that would come in handy if using Library pc’s or being at work, …(looks up to Cors post)… I can see some using it in the future here.