*wonders how many people have actually gotten a random IM from this post…..grins mischievously*
I pretty much only sign on AIM. But I’ve got an MSN account and skype too that I sign into sometimes.
So, what about you guys, what do you use? If you use multiple, do you have a favorite? Is there a messenger service you can’t stand (Facebook IM LOL)? And is there a story behind your username?
If anyone ever wants to chat, hit me up on AIM – Twixs Pixi
Feel free to share your screen names so random people can add you. ;D It’s always fun getting an IM from someone you don’t know.
Mostly use AIM, since I recently quit Facebook. I also have Skype since some of my friends from back home use it.
AIM – hge876 Feel free to add me and hit me up.
MSN, Skype and Facebook
Currently using Facebook the most since I haven’t got all of my facebook friends on MSN or Skype.
Story behind my nickname: prideomg
I about 15 years ago I started playing tetris on my dads computer and we always had a big competition going on between all of my friends and my dad. My dad was seriously sick at this game beating our scores like 2/3 times,
But one time I was able to make a monster score and beat him with around the double and then I decided to make him wonder who beat him so I typed in as name TROTS (which is pride in dutch) reason of that is of course logical. So when my dad found he was beaten by someone called trots he asked all my friends if they were trots and he did that over and over :P
Anyway since that moment I started to call myself Trots in all the games I started to play, at the point where I started to play games which involved English speaking people I changed to pride.
OMG what about omg :P well just one time pride was unavailable which really sucked and I was like OMG what name should I pick and at the moment I said OMG i knew it :P So since then I go over the internet as prideomg.
I think i have way to many IMO, these are what i use the most with a app called Trillian to manage them all with one main application and contact list and from multi devices like from my android phone and computer.
My handle PhreqE came from the late 90s when i was in college, I was good at hacking in to the phones systems in our dorms and making free calls and playing around with PBX system. So I was called the phone freak, and when The X-Files was a very popular show, some would call me Freaky Mulder a play on David Duchovny character Fox Mulder nick name “Spooky Mulder”. Then this evolved into Phreqe_Mulder when creating email accounts and the name Freaky_Mulder was taken, with in time that was shorten to just Phreqe or PhreqE.
Harrison – Congrats on quitting Facebook, how is that working out for you? Care to share what made you decide to quit? I think about it sometimes, it’s such a big waste of time, really. But it’s how I keep in touch with most people so.. Sigh.
kidvisions- To be honest, I really don’t like AIM as much as I used to. The more they update it the worse it becomes, it seems. But I still like it a lot more than yahoo or MSN for some reason. Though, MSN does have certain features I really like. Like how you can “write” or doodle in the IM box, that’s awesome. =D You should get AIM just to chat with me, though. ;]
Mario – Yahoo has always been my least favorite. I’m not even sure why. I haven’t tried it in a long time but a couple years ago, it really bugged me, for some reason. And mostly everyone I know is on AIM so I just stuck with that.
Ernst – Haha I enjoyed your tetris story. =]
I’ve used trillian before. Those multi-service programs are quite handy when you have a lot of things to sign into. My computer is super sucky though so I started taking to signing onto meebo when I wanted to log into multiple messengers at once. It’s pretty handy, especially if you’re somewhere using a computer that isn’t yours and you can’t put your messenger service on there, it’s a web-based thing so you just open the internet browser and pull up the webpage and get all your IMs on there.
To those of you who wonder about AIM, I’d say just get it and try it out. If you don’t like it, well, you can always uninstall it. I’m not gonna say it’s THE BEST MESSENGER SERVICE EVAR ZOMG but I like the overall look of it best and it functions pretty well for the most part.
The number one reason why I quit Facebook was its terms and conditions. I, like many people I know, had heard pieces of information about Facebook’s privacy infringements but never really looked into it. It was one of those all too abundant truths that are, more often then not, lazily ignored rather than acknowledged and acted upon. It was only when I finally decided to see how my personal information was being handled that I began to question my tacit acceptance of Facebook.
I took the time to research Facebook’s terms and conditions and what I saw was a gross mishandling of personal privacy and information, tricky and underhanded language used to euphemize the reality of Facebook’s actions, a total disregard for the rights of its users and a stance of putting profit ahead of basic morality. Imagine the kind of content and information you currently have on Facebook. All of that is currently owned by Facebook and has the potential to be sold to the highest bidder.
I could go on and on about the specifics, but honestly all you need to know is that, at its simplest, Facebook forever owns all the content and information you have ever posted on Facebook and has the right to sell it.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
This quotation, by one of the greatest thinkers in American history, strikes the heart of one of reasons I decided to delete my Facebook account. Facebook has 500 million active users, or to make the statistic a little bit more digestible, 1 in 13 people on earth have a Facebook. Of those 500 millions active users, more than 50% of them log onto Facebook in any given day. Are these statistics hitting home? If Facebook was a country it would easily have the third largest population behind China and India. That is a staggering amount of people by any form of quantification and it led me to follow Twain’s advice to pause and reflect.
Why was I a part of Facebook? What did it give me? How did it fit into my life and was it something I truly wanted to be a part of? As is often the case, the more I questioned, the more questions I came up with. Soon I began to see Facebook in a very different light.
Wow I’m really on a rant here. I’ll try to wrap it up.
The overall vapidness and shallowness of Facebook really ticked me off. The way its users maintain this second image of themselves goes against a lot of my beliefs.
It was getting in the way of my school work. I didn’t even realize how addicted to Facebook I had become until I deleted it. For the first couple of days after I took deleted Facebook I was constantly catching myself trying to click where my Facebook bookmark icon had been. Literally every couple of minutes I found myself trying to check it. It was one of those things where I couldn’t realize how much I depended on it until it was gone. And now that I have distanced myself from Facebook I don’t miss it even a little bit. It was a great decision for me and it is one I believe more people should make.