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What's wrong with IM? [Apr. 2nd, 2007|02:55 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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Instant messaging is incredibly convenient -- unlike email, it's immediate, and unlike phone calls, you can ignore a message if you're busy. But yet I find myself talking to only a dozen or so people by IM with any regularity, in spite of the fact that I'm almost always signed on and between my various accounts, I have like 150 people on my friend lists. Most of my friends just never seem to sign on.

Why?

In particular, my 60-or-so mutual LJ friends, why are you not using your LJ Talk service? (Well, other than the 2 or 3 of you that do.) It's free, it's open and interoperable, and it auto-imports your friends list. What more could you ask for?
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[User Picture]From: bbbush
2007-04-02 08:07 am (UTC)

I'm using gaim with my LJ account signed on through Tor network (Thanks to GFW). So I don't think I can keep online very often.

Will you friend me? Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-04-02 08:24 am (UTC)
That's interesting -- do you live in the PRC?

Is there a lag issue when using gaim with Tor?

Nothing personal, but I can't read Zhongwen, and you don't seem to post in English.
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[User Picture]From: forvrkate
2007-04-02 11:34 am (UTC)
Most everyone I talk to online has a Gmail account, so I just chat with them through Gmail.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-04-02 04:56 pm (UTC)
Will do. I see you online all the time :)
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From: fixious
2007-04-02 07:18 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of offering to make "LJ Bot (Frank)" more intelligent, to compensate for dearth of IM friends. ;)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-04-02 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna try to run Alicebot pretending to be me and see if anyone notices :)
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[User Picture]From: iliada
2007-04-02 08:32 pm (UTC)
For a brief moment, after reading the subject of your post, I thought that there was some personal grugde against me that you decided to make public ;-)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-04-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ha ha. Good one :)
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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2007-04-03 03:13 am (UTC)
IM distracts me in a way I don't like. A related issue is that I don't have internet at home right now, and I don't want to have IM on at work.
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