Chattin' and Lookin'

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by _bnkr612, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    Anyone know if there is a program that will let you see who has your screen name on someone else's buddy list? Just so you can get an idea of who out there might have you on their list...

  2. andrewm macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Quite impossible, I'm afraid

    I'm afraid that this is technically impossible with the AOL Instant Messenger protocol, which considers it perhaps somewhat of a privacy issue. So it won't work for anyone through iChat.

    The MSN Messenger protocol allows you to see who has added you to their buddy lists, but I don't believe that I've seen this feature in anything but Microsoft's own client program. Fire doesn't appear to have it; perhaps some users can contribute the ability of Proteus to do this?

    ICQ notifies and asks permission whenever someone tries to add you to his or her buddy list. I used to chat on ICQ a lot, but in the past couple of months a bunch of nontalkers asked for no reason at all to add me to their contact lists. No one serious messaged me, except for a 'bot representing a pornographic star who urgently wished to show me, and only me, her body, if I were to visit a particular web site.

    Yahoo! is one of the most barebones protocols that I've encountered, and has no such features—but you can see, in Yahoo! profiles, which users are on at the moment.

    (I must note that by protocol I mean not the program but the actual way in which the program communicates. Each program is made to use the protocol. I realise that you may already know this, but I'm just covering all of my bases, at least for others who read this and start to scratch their heads.)

    Sometimes I tend to over-elaborate and miss the original point entirely. I just re-read your post, and you use the term 'buddy list.' As you probably mean the AIM protocol through iChat (or the AOL Instant Messenger program), the short answer is that to do such a thing would be simply impossible without a new addition to the protocol for it.

    Apologies for this, but there's not a lot that we end-users can do to implement new features, besides suggest and complain to the companies. Ugh.

    Happy chatting (and looking, if you find a way),
  3. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    Buddy Zoo

    There is a website called which you can register at, and if other and if others on your list register too, you can see a web of conection. It won't tell you if your on someone elses buddy list, but it is fun to check out.

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