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Poll: Do you communicate with your clients in real time via Instant Message (IM) chat?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you communicate with your clients in real time via Instant Message (IM) chat?".

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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
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God no Dec 26, 2010

That's for staying in touch with friends and family. I have a phone and e-mail and that's plenty for my customers.

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ventnai  Identity Verified
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Used to Dec 26, 2010

I used to, but then it was as if somebody kept walking into your office all the time interrupting

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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No, no, noo ! ... Dec 26, 2010

I prefer:

1) E-mail comm.
2) Telephone or telephonates such as (Skype). But telephone is better specially mobile telephone (Turkish: ''cep telefonu'')
3) Rarely comm. via telepathy plus empathy.


Saludos desde Anatolia-Karaman
Anadolu'dan, Karaman'dan selamlar

[Edited at 2010-12-26 10:03 GMT]


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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You mean Skype? Dec 26, 2010

In which case yes, certainly, but not for everyone and generally only for quick sales ("you available for 2000 words by Thursday?" - "could be, send me the document"). Very efficient, no problems.

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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:) Dec 26, 2010

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

In which case yes, certainly, but not for everyone and generally only for quick sales ("you available for 2000 words by Thursday?" - "could be, send me the document"). Very efficient, no problems.


Hi Oliver,

In such cases I agree

Selamlar


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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Yes, but... Dec 26, 2010

...only on Skype (I have another IM client that's just for friends and relatives), only for a limited number of customers and only in a limited number of situations.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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No, but... Dec 26, 2010

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

In which case yes, certainly, but not for everyone and generally only for quick sales ("you available for 2000 words by Thursday?" - "could be, send me the document"). Very efficient, no problems.


I use Skype for teaching and quick inquiries, though I prefer emails or telephone. Less interruptions.

Saludos!

Thayenga


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Definately Dec 26, 2010

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

In which case yes, certainly, but not for everyone and generally only for quick sales ("you available for 2000 words by Thursday?" - "could be, send me the document"). Very efficient, no problems.


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Same here Dec 26, 2010

Sophie Dzhygir wrote:

...only on Skype,only for a limited number of customers and only in a limited number of situations.


So I voted "other"


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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That just sounds distracting Dec 26, 2010

As Ian said, real-time messaging would be like people constantly walking into your office while you're trying to work.

I prefer e-mail, which I can check when I'm not in the middle of figuring out a complicated sentence. E-mail also works well since my clients are largely in other time zones: if an e-mail message arrives while I'm asleep, I can respond when I wake up.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes, with some of them... Dec 26, 2010

I use the Skype chat feature with a few clients, and I actually prefer it to the telephone. In any case, I'm not being constantly Skyped, so it's not a bother. People normally contact me via e-mail.

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keshab  Identity Verified
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NO...it is very very bad idea Dec 26, 2010

Although I select 'no' but I like to vote for my caption. It is too much disgusting. I never contact a client through IM but sometimes client tried to contact me. I have to face such situations where client contacted me via yahoo messenger. The situation was: I was doing his job and he was delivering shower of advises and comments on possible changes through IM. I got a terrible headache after completion of this job. It just destruct attention and waste the valuable time to complete the translation. Now I just remain off from all IMs during the time of translation. I have to retain the IM addresses in my profile for the sake of business contact but I really hate to be contacted at time of work.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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only on occasion Dec 26, 2010

Mostly I use email, but occasionally one of my clients who has me on SKYPE will hail me and ask if i'm available. I have MSN but only use that for friends etc....
you can send files via SKYPE but email is better because you have a record of it being sent and received.


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Klemi
United States
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No!No! Dec 27, 2010

Only through e-mails. I would love to keep business relationship on professional level. E-mails help.

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