I have a few accounts in iChat:

  • GMail
  • AIM
  • Google Apps (a custom domain)

Both GMail and Google Apps put all my contacts in the 'Buddies' list. Can I rename my Gmail list to "GMail Contacts' or something else so that both accounts dont get merged?

  • I would be nice if you could format this question a little cleaner, especially that "GMail AIM Google Apps" line. Click the yellow backgrounded '?' icon for details. Dec 10, 2010 at 23:04
  • is this on OS X or iOS? Dec 11, 2010 at 2:37

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I actually just tried this and iChat does it automatically. As you can see I have a different window for each account, and I think you can actually set the window's title by setting the account description under Settings->Accounts. As you can see I even have different groups for each account. screenshot

Although I usually have them unified using Chax's feature Use All Contacts window as primary contact list


Yes, and Yes. Just add a new group, and then drag your Google App contacts to the newly named group. It's really that easy. You can right click on any group name, and select rename.

You can also do the same with Adium

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  • Groups != List Segmentation. Putting all your buddies on one account into a group = organization hell, and will really start to suck down the road. Especially if (god forbid) you move onto a client other than iChat. Dec 10, 2010 at 23:05

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