I've tried soooo many msn applications to see which one fits my needs, and I have to say I still haven't found a 'perfect' one.
The main requirement is (obviously) to have a nice keyboard support, configurable, and If it can run on a console , still better.
I've tried centericq, pebrot,tmsn and a few more, but none of those are too extensible (if you don't want to mess up with code).
I had modified centericq to allow navigating contacts with jk (It makes a great difference, you know
Now I've found gaim-text (already installed in vl, if you installed gaim). Apart from being really user friendly (provided you read man, man), you can configure lots of bindings to do most things you can do in IM.
j = move-down
k = move-up
If you have other suggestions (as per IRC), please comment.