Gaim is a fantastic IM client. It works across
the board with most IM systems and you can do cool things with
scripting. So I offer you this href=http://www.bennee.com/~alex/software/perl/gaim_set_friendly.pl>perl
plug-in to update your friendly name based on the contents of a
file. In my case I'm currently using href=http://www.xmms.org/>XMMS's Song Change plug-in with the
echo "Alex (music:%s)" > ~/music.txt"