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November 25, 2006 3:11 PM Subscribe
Which instant message system and client to use for my extended family?
posted by anadem to Computers & Internet (17 answers total)
We've extended across the English-speaking world, and if I can get us all to use IM it could make us feel closer again. Getting us all onto the same system seems important - no point if we can't chat as family.
I feel a bit of a dinosaur even for asking this (software is my job, so I'm hopelessly behind the times) as the teenagers in the family are all adepts. I'm hoping for suggestions for an easy-to-set-up, unobtrusive IM system & client, for PCs and Macs, which we older fogeys can work without having to get our kids to help us all the time. A please-everyone solution is unlikely, but we later learners need a simple starting point that preferably doesn't expose us to extra spam. And if the system lets whiz-kids whiz, great!
I used gmail chat the other day (very easy and exciting, my first IM!) but it seems restricted to running while gmail is up, so I think we need an IM system which pops out a window at my end when someone wants to reach me, but the main criterion is simplicity.