BigBlueBall.com is a technology news website that focuses on instant messaging and related communication tools. BigBlueBall was launched in March 2001 by Jeff Hester, and goes by the slogan "Everything about Instant Messaging." In the February 2005 issue of PC World, an article titled "Inside Instant Messaging" recommended BigBlueBall for "the latest news on everything IM." The website name is derived from a photograph of the planet Earth, taken from space titled the Blue Marble.
The BigBlueBall forums cover all instant messaging programs and related technology such as VoIP. Originally powered by Snitz Forums 2000 and running ASP, they were converted to vBulletin in January 2005. The BigBlueBall forums have over 49,000 registered users and over 153,000 posts (March 2008).
The forums are organized into four main sections according to subject area and managed by teams. Key sections include:
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
- MSN Messenger
- Yahoo! Messenger
- Other Instant Messengers (Google Talk, IRC, Skype, Gaim, Trillian, and more)
Additional sections provide coverage of the full range of instant messaging and communication tools (Adium, Fire, Gizmo5, Meebo, etc.).