ioPidgin is the same great application for non-root users or people that dont like to install all the libraries and compile from scratch. You dont have to apt-get a thing. This one simple file is all you need and dont worrie about installing since it is already installed in the file :)
"ioPidgin is a recompilation of Pidgin 2.2 for Infodomestic Objects Linux. It is developed and tested under Ubuntu Linux, and can be run with just one click without installation on your system."
ioPidgin is secure as well, since it runs in ram.
chmod +x ioPidgin2.2-feisty_InfodomesticObjects0.8.7
mv ioPidgin2.2-feisty_InfodomesticObjects0.8.7 ioPidgin
or double click on the executable :)
check out my screenshot