Instant Messaging 101: Any tips?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Blue Velvet, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Believe it or not, I don't use any instant messaging on my Mac at home.

    I haven't the first idea how it works or what software I need. In short, I'm completely clueless and would appreciate any help.

    A few friends have been bugging me about getting it set up and I guess that's one thing I never bothered with when I was still on dial-up.

    Please help drag me into the 21st century.
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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  3. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Get an MSN account (if that's what most of those you want to talk to use) using Microsoft's Mac MSN Messenger client. Then close MSN Messenger, for good (;)). Edit: Seems like you can skip this step, and just do what E says. :)

    Download Adium X and set up the MSN account. Add friends (using their MSN usernames, often their email address), and you're up and running.

    With Adium X you can also set up other IM accounts, like ICQ which some still use. If someone you know use this protocol, exclusively, you need an ICQ account to IM with them. Same goes for other protocols, like AIM, Jabber and Yahoo.

    Good Luck.
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I'd grab Adium. With Adium you can sign in to all the IM networks from one app.

    For MSN you will need a .NET Passport, which you can get here. For AIM (AOL Instant Messenger, which works with iChat) you will need an AOL account, which you can get here.

    That should at least get you going :)
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Yes.

     
  7. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Cheers guys. :)

    Ooooh... getting a bit excited about it now. I am pathetic.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Oh Yes.
     
  9. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    download microsoft messenger/adium...from mactopia.com or adium mentioned above

    if u have a hotmail account, i mean email account, i guess u're ready to go for MSN messenger...
     
  10. dcv macrumors G3

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    Shoot me for saying this if you like, but I actually prefer the MSN Messenger interface to Adium. :eek:
     
  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The other thing to add to that is I have been experiencing some lag when using Adium signed in to MSN recently....ain't that right DCV :p So maybe the proper MSN app might be your best bet after all.
     
  12. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    But you don't need to have a hotmail account do you? I'd rather not have one. Got a few standard email addresses with my ISP that I use and can add another if necessary.
     
  13. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Just MHO, with iChat and if there is an iSight or any webcam for that matter, I would prefer AIM over MSN since it is a lot more fun to do video chat than just IM. ;)
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    No you don't have to use a hotmail address. Using the .NET Passport link I posted above you can create a passport against any address which can then be used with MSN.
     
  15. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    when chatting at work, keep the msg window as small as possible. And make sure your chat program is not saving chat logs....:p
     
  16. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    *bang bang* ;)
     
  17. emw macrumors G4

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    The question on everyone's mind is now "Will Blue Velvet post her IM name so we can send her messages?"

    :p ;)

    I'm bad - the only IM'ing I've ever done is either on iChat or via SMS on my cell phone.

    The voice of experience speaking? ;)
     
  18. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    It's probably extremely fortunate that the Macs at work are not connected to the web -- often, I'm pushing it by posting here.

    This is strictly for personal pleasure at home. :)
     
  19. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Say what? Do you mean I have to discard my cloak of relative anonymity?

    Hmmm... not entirely sure about that.
     
  20. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You got a cloak of relative anonymity!!! All I got was this lousy t-shirt of relative anonymity!!! :eek: :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  21. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Oh no.. please say it isn't so. Don't do it BV!

    I cannot imagine you conversing with someone who responds with:

    "Wut r u doin?"
     
  22. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Of course, no one has approached the behavioral aspect of having IM. Everyone will always pop-up and say Wha'ts UP???!! and you say nothing much just surfing and they say cool! and you both sit there and there's no ethical part to saying goodbye ppl just leave or go idle or go away. So get ready for typing and spelling errors and abbreviations and IM talk, none of which I understand.

    But it's still fun!

    feel free to IM me for some test runs:)
     
  23. emw macrumors G4

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    Well, we can PM you now if we wanted to, so it's not really that much less anonymous (unless your screen name is your real name or something). That being said, I was being facetious - I prefer the cloud of mystery that surrounds you. ;)

    Laughing Out Loud. :D

    I can't even IM-speak in my IMs. :eek:
     
  24. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

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    REAL MAC USERS USE ICHAT.. lol, naw but adium i hear is quite the chatter box if you know what i mean.. though i have a question.. if you haven't used chat programs, who ya gonna chat with? :eek:
     
  25. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I swear, this could be the beginning of the fall of "civilized" society.

    I lyk rezpct BV 2 much 2 thnk she wud fall 4 dis crap.
     

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