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The case for instant messaging

I often get into discussions about IM, and most people say something along the lines of “that’s for kids, right?”, “but we have email already” or “why would I use that?”, and I think I have an answer.

I have posted a request on a bulletin board this morning, and I start getting responses. This means I get an email that there’s a new article in my thread, I then open the URL in the browser, scroll down and check if this relates to my question. I then may type an answer, waiting for the next email to notify me of repsonses.

And this goes on and on, until the problem is solved.

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could just click ans switch to IM for this? Ideally this wouldn’t even need a special type IM client, but relay to some web based system.

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  1. It’s my opinion that IM is much more usable than E-mail. What you described is already possible. You can use an IM client that saves the IM chats automatically if you set it in preferences (for example, Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net) then you can write a script to upload or copy the saved sessions periodically to a webserver.

    And just so you know Gaim supports all major IM protocols including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, and others. If you’re looking for an open(nonproprietary) protocol I recommend Jabber (http://www.Jabber.org) that is the most open protocol available.

  2. It's my opinion that IM is much more usable than E-mail. What you described is already possible. You can use an IM client that saves the IM chats automatically if you set it in preferences (for example, Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net) then you can write a script to upload or copy the saved sessions periodically to a webserver.

    And just so you know Gaim supports all major IM protocols including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, and others. If you're looking for an open(nonproprietary) protocol I recommend Jabber (http://www.Jabber.org) that is the most open protocol available.

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