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Instant Messaging

AOL is the most common Instant Messaging (IM) service, if you have an existing AOL IM account it will work on most IM programs and both MAC and PC.

Although it is quick and easy to make a instant messaging account through AOL,

DO NOT USE AOL-IM AIM SOFTWARE, it installs and uses mass amounts of spy-ware/mal-ware and "crap" on your machine.

The following are the recommended programs to use for instant messaging;

Web Based (no software install required, runs off a web page)


iChat is the default IM program for the mac and should already be installed on your mac. (A benefit is that you can share your screen and/or trouble shoot with another mac user)

Adium is a substitute if you do not like iChat

Pidgin is the recommended IM program for use on campus

Last modified February 09 2012 11:07 AM

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