Download something like Trillian
(connects to AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo Messenger, and also IRC) or mIRC
"I am so sick of having to apologize for being an American! ... But I can't help but noticing that when people run to freedom, they tend to wash up on North American shores. This country is still the best that we've been able to do in the whole f***ing history of the planet."
--Fielding Pierce, Waking the Dead