Pidgin is an instant messaging client platform capable of connecting to multiple networks ( multi ) and accounts ( multiaccounting ) simultaneously. It was estimated that about 3 million people used Pidgin in 2007.
The program was originally written around 1999 by Mark Spencer , a student at Auburn University , as an emulation of the instant messaging program for AOL (AOL Instant Messenger, AIM ) performed on Linux using the library GTK + . So called GAIM ( GTK + AOL Instant Messenger ). The emulator was not done by reverse engineering , but based on AOL’s own documentation published on the web and the development was supported by AOL staff. March 4 to support other messaging protocols will be added later.