Getting started with eBuddy is quick and easy. If you want to forgo setting up an account and start using the service immediately, all you need to do is go to eBuddy's home page (eBuddy.com). There, you will see a box in the center of the screen with the logos of eBuddy's compatible profiles (MySpace, Facebook, AIM, MSN, GTalk, ICQ and Yahoo). Simply sign in to to the account you are interested in using, and a few seconds (and an advertisement) later, eBuddy will have assimilated your contacts. Of course, you have to repeat these steps for each additional profile you want to use. Even though the login time is relatively brief, you'll need a few extra minutes if you want to link up contacts from multiple accounts.
If you don't want to sign in to multiple profiles every time you log in to chat, you'll probably want to set up an eBuddy ID. Establishing your eBuddy ID is straightforward and doesn't take much more time than you'd need to sign in to several accounts. It's also a one-time only process, so if you plan on using eBuddy again, all you have to do is enter a password and all your contacts will be waiting. Click on the "eBuddy ID" link at the top of the homepage to get started.
Setting up an account with eBuddy Mobile Messenger on your BlackBerry, PDA or cell phone is slightly more complicated because you must download a small application before you can use the service. Like everything else on eBuddy, it's free and relatively small (less than a megabyte), but it does take up precious space on your device's hard drive. What's more, it's only available on a select number of devices. Luckily, the Lite Messenger service works for many of the devices excluded from Messenger -- like the iPhone -- and doesn't require a download. However, many of the features present in regular eBuddy and Mobile Messenger (such as avatar customization and the ability to send pictures) are missing, which can be frustrating for those accustomed to the full service.
Once you're set up, using eBuddy is easy, and anyone familiar with managing contacts and instant messages shouldn't have any problems. Options, contacts and text boxes are clearly laid out and easy to see, regardless of the version you're using.