"I changed the quotes in my AOL Instant Messenger profile almost daily, and fretted over the right combinations of font and color to make my IM voice look as bright and edgy as I wanted to be in real life. I started conversations with acquaintances who made me feel shy in person. I imagined I had inner beauty and wit, and that in chatrooms and AIM was where I could shine until that outer beauty showed up. And slowly, the IRL me started to become more like the me I allowed myself to be online... Matt and I built our relationship over AIM.
We used AIM because it was our most practical option; like many teenagers in the year 2001, we didn't have cell phones. We did have computers in our respective bedrooms, though, and parents who weren't expecting phone calls after dinner hours."
You have all dropped your MySpace profiles and jumped to AIM Pages
, haven't you? [via]
...three decades of freedom denied. Thirty years ago today—February 6, 1976—the Canadian government arrested Leonard Peltier...later extraditing him to the U.S. for trial (sic).
Some Peltier FAQ
. Another informative site
. How the other side
sees it. Peltier and the American Indian Movement (AIM
). Sign the online petition
As Dylan sang about Hurricane
: "To see him obviously framed couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game."
Web based chat (alpha) for all the main IM protocols.
It's a popularity contest.
Aimfight is essentially Google pagerank for your buddy list. Compare yourself against your opponents and see who's on more people's buddy lists. Via slashdot
"You waive any right to privacy."
AOL has just updated the terms of service
for Instant Messanger, which include agreeing to the new requirement that AOL owns everything you write, has the right to reproduce it at will, and that you waive all requirements for prior approval to do so.
Play Zork directly in IM.
Send an instant message to InfoComBot and choose from a list of available text-based games. You can even save games and return to them later. One thing's for sure: I'm not getting any work done this week.
Blog Change Bot
is an AOL Instant Messenger
-based bot that will send you an IM whenever your favorite blogs are updated. (via Blogroots
; more inside)
From the better late than never dept: Now you can send instant messages between AIM/AOL and ICQ. AOL finally added interactivity support
for their two IM protocols. Best new feature...IM with yourself
Once you have the latest ICQ beta software, you'll be able to IM with the AIM and/or AOL on your own computer!
is an interesting new site that lets you see which buddies on your AIM buddy list your buddies share with you. Sort of like a six degrees of seperation kind of thing. Very neat. Go check it out and sign up
! And tell your friends!
AIM screen name 'satan' going for $15k
in an apparent bidding war
that abandoned all sense of reality. Still three days left, let's see if they can break $50k? The dark lord could not be reached for comment, though jesusrox232 called it "ridiculous."
An interesting idea
Create your own bot... Sounds like an interesting service. What do you think?
ActiveBuddy has added five new AIM bots, of various levels of usefulness.
ELLEgirlBuddy for teen girl stuff; TattleTeller for Oscar®-related news and gossip; AgentReuters for news and stock quotes; NoBoundariesTV as a tie-in to the useless WB "reality" show that seems to focus around Ford trucks; and My eBay Buddy for, well, make a guess. Fair warning: They're all beta.
download your crappy free aim client here
Yup, this morning got bounced from trillian
using AOL Instant Messenger again.
This time, got an interesting message from AOL. The AIM client opened itself with this message:
AOL Instant Messenger: You have been disconnected from the AOL Instant
Message Service (SM) for accessing the AOL network using unauthorized
software. You can download a FREE, fully featured, and authorized client,
here http://www.aol.com/aim/download2.html .
So, fellow Mefi readers, how long can AOL block Trillian? Shouldn't they be coming up with more innovative campaigns, or is this a sign that the IM market is about to become a lot more competitive? Tawk amongst yourselves.
Trillian Users blocked from AIM service?
The bit about this that scares me is the solution to the problem involves disabling the Secure IM functions
. Is this a technical glitch
or a conspiracy by AOL to reserve the ability to spy on our IM chats? Or build intentional security loopholes
"What would you like to know?
ActiveBuddy finally delivers their first real infobot, AgentBaseball. Use IM to find baseball scores, standings, player stats, player info, team stats, team info, xtra bases, and sports news.
Wanna try it? Just add AgentBaseball to your buddy list and send it a message with "hello".
The Googlematic AIMBOT
will only work for those of you with Instant Messager installed, of course. A profoundly useful little widget knocked together by Matt Webb
allows you to do very
quick and easy Google
'I feel lucky' searches from the comfort of your own Buddy list. Launched yesterday, I think it's a hell of a lot more useful than either SmarterChild
as well as rather better conversation than any of the AIM chatbots I've found to date...
InfoBots are coming.
I believe we've touched on this before, but now it seems to be moving from concept to reality: Instant Messenger "buddies" that are actually bots. You send them an IM with a question, such as "Hey pal, what's the weather in Thunder Bay, Ontario
?" And it IMs you back with the answer, almost instantaneously. No waiting for messy web sites to load, no funky searches to run. ActiveBuddy
has been the most, um, active in developing the technology, but they've been working on it forever without anything to show to the public. Now, it's out there, somewhere. CNET is reporting today that an ActiveBuddy beta bot has been live for a few months; you can play with it right now if you know its name. (And if you do know its name, a tip would be appreciated. I've been jonesing for this for a good while.) A more public version is supposed to be out in a few weeks. Here buddy buddy buddy...
If you're into such things, how to remove the advertisements from ICQ
Do you trust AOL IM?
If you do, you might want to read this story.
FCC: Open up AOL’s messaging
"Federal regulators could force America Online Inc. to open its popular instant-messaging service to rivals as a condition of approving its acquisition of Time Warner Inc." I think this is good news for instant messaging, but I'm never really comfortable with the government forcing such things. What do you think?
AOL + Eliza = AOLiza
Some amusing AOL IM conversations using the old Eliza program. Via Yuppie Slayer
Funnier than a wombat on meth.
(it's a newsletter) noticed a flurry of wireless deals came about today. AOL is planning mobile versions of instant messenger, email, and other AOL services
, Microsoft is working on mobile MSN and Hotmail
, while Amazon has unveiled their phone portal to shopping
. Looks like we will soon be reminiscing about the good old days when the internet used silly wires and cables.
is the holy grail of instant messaging apps. The people behind it have been working on this for a while, and they're now offering a web-based, java client that can talk to ICQ
, and Yahoo instant message
clients. If it were a client side application, I'd probably use it, I'm not a big fan of leaving a browser window open all the time. Another drawback is that it can't reach AIM users.
AOL and Microsoft are resorting to playground antics.
I downloaded the new MS messenger when it came out last Thursday, and I've already gotten three patches for it, each time it works with AOL users for just a few hours. I wonder how long they'll continue the dueling banjos thing.
Hello AOL? It's Microsoft, we've come to crush your Instant Messenger