For the last couple of years, I’ve gone out of my way to avoid using instant messaging applications. I always found them to be an unwanted interruption to whatever I was doing at a given time.
That said, like Apple computers, most of the smart people I know use instant messaging. So, I’m going to give IM another try. If you want to talk to me, you can do so here:
MSN: email@example.com (don’t email me there, though)
Is there some other network that all the cool kids are using? I know there’s Yahoo and AIM and ICQ and Google, and a single IM app like Trillian to handle them all, but do I really have to sign up for all those services? Haven’t you people heard of standards bodies?
Sorry, I just get irked when the software industry likes to make things as difficult as possible for its users.
UPDATE: It took all of 12 hours for somebody to ignore my ‘Busy’ status on MSN, and try to message me anyway. The experiment has gotten off to a poor start.