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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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