What is a chat/IM program, that doesn't require giving away personal details, such as either your google ID or your phone number, to the other party? Cross-platform (including Windows PC), like Viber, but I understand that program requires sharing phone numbers. So I want to live chat to someone, sometimes on android phone, sometimes on iPad, or iPhone, or Windows PC, and we have each others email addresses, but no more than that.
I use Google Hangouts to chat (initiated from Chrome, on a Windows desktop). When I type "hahahaha" (as I do, because I am nonstop fun) some little animals come across the chat widget and dance around. When I type happy birthday, they appear with a birthday cake. This was whimsical once, and now it is soul-crushingly twee and intrusive. I can't figure out how to turn them off, in settings or via Google searching. Anyone done this successfully?
Basically, our company would like to replace aim for our office instant messaging solution. After much googling and some testing, the top two currently on my list are hipchat and slack. [more inside]
As of very recently, I'm getting AIM messages not just opening up in AIM, but also in my Gmail. I want to receive the messages in AIM, but I do not want to them also to appear as an email in Gmail. How do I fix this? [more inside]
I'm looking for an IM client that lets you appear "invisible" to some people and not others. Does this exist? [more inside]
Ideally, I need a windows client and/or browser interface, an android client, and an iOS client. I would like synchronization (to be able to change devices and continue conversation cleanly). I need a standard chat log. I would love the chat log to be on an online platform so it can be easily downloaded/forwarded/searched. [more inside]
Is there any way to get notification of xbox live messages via text message, email, instant message, or social network message? [more inside]
For a unified messaging service, I am a little confused. [more inside]
It's an old cry now - to get out of Google's claws. Mail, calendar and everything. However, I always find one thing missing. Chat is never talked about. As a matter of fact this one is the difficult most. You need to have added all those chat contacts and they in turn have had to added you(approved) you back, unlike email where you just need to fine an email and the receiver gets it unless you were specifically blocked. So, let's discuss how to release our chatting app/service free from the claws of Google/Facebook/Skype &c and still be able to: [more inside]
I want to know why in Google Hangout it no longer says "Theirname is typing..." when the other person in the hangout is typing in the chat window (or "Theirname has entered text" when they've written something but haven't sent it). It's gone, and I miss it and want an explanation so I can move on with my life. [more inside]
The best and simplest way to communicate between a smallish number of (known) people, on a few different devices, with encryption? [more inside]
Meebo alternative? [more inside]
I've recently started using AOL Instant Messenger very frequently at work. (FOR work! I swear!) My username is my email address. AOL now frequently (though not always) sends my IM conversations to my email, which is filling up my inbox. How do make this stop?
I just started using Pidgin, and I like it, but I don't like the default sound when I receive a message. Previously, I IMed using gchat within my gmail account and really liked the little "dink" sounds that it made. Is there a way to import those sounds into Pidgin? Google is less than helpful on this front.
Is there any way whatsoever to stop those annoying gray semi-transparent status updates ("John Smith went idle" "Karen Black became available") in Ichat? [more inside]
Is there a web based app I can use to IM with members of my department without having to install anything on our computers? [more inside]
Where can I find a high-resolution (ideally scalable) version of the Yahoo IM :x (love struck) emoticon?
Hello.. I need to receive notifications about new Email's on my IM app. [more inside]
My boyfriend Skype-IMed his mother a very dirty greeting that was meant for me. It still shows the circling icon that I think happens when you try to send a user a message when the user does not have Skype running at the time. Is there any way to delete this before she gets it? He's freaking out, as you would too, if I told you what he just told his mother.
I'm on a Mac and I use the program Adium to access my AOL IM account. I also have a Blackberry Bold....At some point, I decided to try the feature of connecting my AOL IM account to my cell phone which would allow me to receive IM's on my phone even when I am logged off from the service...Now I don't know how to make it stop.. [more inside]
Is it possible to send (and receive) IMs to cell phones, using AIM? [more inside]
I'm looking to set up an XMPP/Jabber server with minimum hassle, with one major requirement: I want to run the service for 2 domains across two servers, each acting as backup/redundancy for the other. [more inside]
I had a very deep relationship with a woman a couple of years ago. She ended it and my reaction, to say the least. was not the best (no violence or threats). [more inside]
Need an iPhone app that can fully replace texting. My phone bill was WAY too high this month. [more inside]
I'm a playa. Well, not really. But how do I keep track of people I talk to from dating sites - what IM client do I need? [more inside]
Is there a way (with any IM client) to force a persistent logon for an AIM account, even when one doesn't have the sustained internet connection that would actually let one stay logged on? (In order to accept messages that will be "held" and displayed the next time one's IM client starts up?) [more inside]
Where can I find statistics on the number of users for different instant messaging networks (aim, yahoo, google talk, icq, msn and so on) over time?
Where can I find statistics on the number of users for different instant messaging networks (aim, yahoo, google talk, icq, msn and so on) over time? [more inside]
Looking for a relatively simple mobile IM device, that will allow me to be connected regardless of wifi availability. A bit confused about options - it seems a Blackberry is the most perfect fit. Or is it? [more inside]
Why does iChat send URLs twice? Whenever I send a URL to someone, it shows up twice on the recipient's side. Is there a way to stop this annoying repetition? [more inside]
Need help finding a quick and easy instant messaging (IM) program. [more inside]
AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router? [more inside]
How do I make Pidgin let me have separate users? [more inside]
I am considering giving out my instant messenger in my work email signature. The question is "Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?" [more inside]
Anyone know of any good internet based IM sites... [more inside]
Don't want that sound when sending an AOL IM response. [more inside]
What happened to character-by-character chat? I miss the intimacy, subtle nuances of meaning, and most of all the ability to interrupt one another and complete one another's sentences that was inherent in old-school unix 'talk'. How can I replicate this nowadays? [more inside]
Are there any Windows utilities that manage the status information for multiple IM clients? Skype, MSN, Yahoo... [more inside]
What are the implications of and best response to unsolicited Yahoo Messenger pop-up messages? [more inside]
Is there a website that people can use to chat and IM without actually using the the IM software? I thought I had read about such a site in an article about teens outsmarting the filters on their school computers, but I cannot remember what the site was called. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
Chat-at-Work-Filter: In my line of consulting I end up working at a number of client sites where the client's IT department has succeeded in convincing management that Instant Messaging is the devil... [more inside]
I am trying to create a brief weekly calendar for work of upcoming events that will be posted as an AOL IM away message that people can check throughout the week. How can I create a longer AIM away message than the default allows? [more inside]
Which instant message system and client to use for my extended family? [more inside]
Do any of the major Instant Messaging services still provide a free email address that simply turns an incoming email address into an instant message like the old @pager.icq.com addresses used to? [more inside]
Some folks in our office have shown the desire to use IM to communicate with other companies we do business with, pretty much at the urging of the external companies. I have some concerns. [more inside]
If a friend ignored your instant messages all day when you knew that they were online the entire time, would you consider that rude? [more inside]
i want to find a picture on the internets and i can't. help? [more inside]
Anyone know any free solution for forwarding MSN messages to an email address? [more inside]
Is there a way to maintain the online status of multiple accounts with one instance of ICQ? It's simple to switch to a different account, but can it be done without logging the current user out? [more inside]
Having lain dormant for years, my old (seven digit!) ICQ account has, this weekend, suddenly become a magnet for random botherers. How do I make them go away? [more inside]
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