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Poll: Which Instant Messenger do you use the most?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Which Instant Messenger do you use the most?".

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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several... Mar 7, 2007

I probably talk to my Yahoo contacts most often, followed by Hotmail, and then the Jabber client attached to Gmail, but I tie them all together using Trillian, which is a very useful piece of software: http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/ . There is a free version.

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GoodWords  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Gmail Mar 7, 2007

Gmail chat.

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Lorenia de la Vega  Identity Verified
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Gmail chat, almost exclusively Mar 7, 2007

Although I do occasionally use my MSN messenger account and Yahoo!, with Gaim (http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ )

"Gaim is a popular multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. Gaim is free software available under the GNU General Public License."

So much easier than using a different program for each messenger!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Hotmail MSN Mar 7, 2007

... because it was the first one I signed up for and most of my business contacts use it. I much prefer the yahoo messenger and webmail design and features, but only use yahoo for 2 o 3 friends, one of whom is also a colleague. I tried the Gmail beta version and didn't find it easy to use.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Actually I need an "instant message blocker"... Mar 7, 2007

I had Windows' Messenger active for a while and enthusiastically added my friends etc.... to discover that I often dealt with instant messages at moments in which I had to be concentrated in actual work. So I disabled it all in the end. Email works a lot better for me, as it allows me to offer a more focused response to any communication (both private and work-related).

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Reed James
Chile
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Skype: for bill collecting Mar 7, 2007

I do not find instant messengers to be necessary in day to day business exchanges. Anything that the client wants to know can be easily found out via e-mail.

I use Skype to talk for free to my relatives abroad, and Skype Out to contact those clients who are reluctant to pay.


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Diana Cossato  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Adium Mar 7, 2007

Adium for Mac OS X (multi-chat client, it supports virtually everything, except skype).

Most of my contacts seem to prefer MSN, whereas I'd much prefer aol (bacause of ichat, clearly).

I agree it is distracting and try to use it only sparingly when I'm working.

Good night

Diana


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Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
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I use Skype too Mar 8, 2007

Hello Reed,

Reed D. James wrote:

I do not find instant messengers to be necessary in day to day business exchanges. Anything that the client wants to know can be easily found out via e-mail.

I use Skype to talk for free to my relatives abroad, and Skype Out to contact those clients who are reluctant to pay.


What is the reason for you to use Skype Out as a mean of collecting late payments/reminding late payers? Thanks in advance for your answer.


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Mostly Skype Mar 8, 2007

I use quite a few communicators, but most of all Skype. For a few reasons, to most important of them are"

- many of my friends and people I collaborate with use Skype,
- I live away from my family and friends and Skype allows me to call them really cheaply (some of them don't have a computer).

Of course I don't know why James uses Skype as means of collecting late payments but my guess is that actually speaking with someone is much more efficient than sending emails and Skype is so much cheaper than a regular phone...

Cheers

SC


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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I voted none Mar 8, 2007

I have a Skype account but I almost never use it. It's handy as a fallback option if my e-mail server goes down and I need to transfer files to or from a client, though FTP would work just as well if the client knows how to use it.

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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
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I prefer email Mar 8, 2007

Tomás Cano Binder wrote:

I had Windows' Messenger active for a while and enthusiastically added my friends etc.... to discover that I often dealt with instant messages at moments in which I had to be concentrated in actual work. So I disabled it all in the end. Email works a lot better for me, as it allows me to offer a more focused response to any communication (both private and work-related).


I briefly installed Yahoo messenger, but every time I received an email it made a horrible exploding sound which inevitably startled and distracted me.

I have Skype installed as one of my clients requested it, but have never used it for instant messaging.

My clients generally send an email or occasionally telephone; none has ever expressed the need to instant message me. The same goes for friends.

Best,
Jocelyne


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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None Mar 8, 2007

It's the instant part I don't like (answer my message now or else!), and the fact that they know you're loggged on, so ignoring messages would be virtually impossible, or deemed to be very impolite. I tried out a few (cannot remember which) in the past and hated them. Aren't email, home phone and mobile enough? I know there are people who cannot not answer the phone when it rings, but I am not one of them. If I don't want to be disturbed or contacted, I ignore everything. That's what answerphones, etc. are for. I don't particularly like the way we are expected these days to be at everyone's beck and call all the time.

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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
Chile
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... Mar 8, 2007

Tomás Cano Binder wrote:

I had Windows' Messenger active for a while and enthusiastically added my friends etc.... to discover that I often dealt with instant messages at moments in which I had to be concentrated in actual work. So I disabled it all in the end.


I have two MSN accounts: one for business and one for friends, for that same reason. I connect the latter after 8pm. Sounds confusing, but it works like a charm

[Edited at 2007-03-08 08:45]


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Skype Mar 8, 2007

Steven Capsuto wrote:

It's handy as a fallback option if my e-mail server goes down and I need to transfer files to or from a client, though FTP would work just as well if the client knows how to use it.


Too right! That has worked well so often.

Plus:

1. The standard image is bigger/higher quality than with MSN, assuming you want to see people/let them see you.

2. I love clients who just flash in and say "Hi, RU busy today?"
"Sorry my friend - yes." "O.K. - CU later". Done...

3. Minor points/questions can be clarified so much more quickly than they can with E-mail ping-pong.

4. It comes from Estonia.

5. You can save money on calls to landlines and especially to cellphones.

6. Neat GUI.

Skype rocks!


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