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February 11, 2007 10:45 PM Subscribe
How does MSN Messenger track your typing activity?
posted by Phire to computers & internet (3 answers total)
I've wondered about this for a while now. MSN Messenger will display "XYZ is typing a message" when your contact is, ostensibly, typing a message. Having recently started using webcam more often, I've noticed that the statement remains for several seconds after they stop typing.
Were the message to stop displaying before they stopped typing, I'd just blame it on lagging time.
Anyway. How does Messenger track this? If I just move my cursor into the textbox, will it display as me typing? Sometimes a message pops up without "XYZ is typing" at all, so does that mean that short messages/single letters don't get logged? How long does that "is typing" thing stay after someone's stopped typing, and why? What prevents them from picking up the halt?