Recently I needed to insert hyperlinks to my Instant Messenger (Chat) ID’s for a website project I am working on. A hyperlink is just a link that can be clicked to redirect the user to the other webpage,image,document etc or in this case IM id. The benefit being less clicking for the viewer of the website as they are directly redirected to the Instant Messenger ID .

Here are the chat hyperlinks of a few popular Instant Messengers : 

I was unable to find a hyperlink for ICQ so if anyone can provide one, I would be grateful.

    Windows Live Messenger : <a href=”msnim:chat?contact=USERNAME”>Send me a message</a> (Enter the complete Hotmail address in the username in this case)

    Yahoo Messenger : <a href=”ymsgr:sendim?USERNAME”>Send me a message</a>

    AIM : <a href=”aim:goim?screenname=USERNAME”>Send me a message</a>

    Google Talk : <a href=”gtalk:chat?jid=USERNAME”>Send me a message</a> (Enter the complete Gmail address in the username in this case)

    Skype : <a href=”skype:USERNAME?chat”>Send me a message</a>

Replace Instant Messenger ID where it says USERNAME and then copy and paste the whole bold line into any website / forum / chat signature to hyperlink to your IM id. On Clicking the link, any user can instantly send you a message. Also the “send me a message” can be customized.

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