Help me like instant messaging (IM) again. I was an early adopter, but got burned.
Back when ICQ was still new I had adopted using it. It was fabulous and my friends & I had taken to using it instead of email. For each other anyway. Something bad happened though. Spam. By the bucketload. There were days when I’d here “Oh-uh!” twenty times a day with nothing but invitations to chat with someone cute and lonely. Right.
Despite clicking every checkbox in the preferences the spam didn’t stop. My friends & I eventually had to opt for using it less and less until we just couldn’t bother with it any longer. At least we had some spam prevention with out email clients or ISPs.
This week I was specifically asked to start an IM chat by a collegue. After all these years I figured, “why not?” So, I went searching for the iChat icon (which I had removed from the OS X dock bar) and went about getting an AIM account. It was nice to use IM again, but I’ve been waiting for the spam to start rolling in. How long could it take for AOL, owner of AIM, to sell my nick to spammers?
It’s been a couple of days & nothing uninvited has slipped in, but I wonder if I should append that statement with ‘yet’.
As an early adopter of IM did I just suffer the growing pains of a new technology or is it all still the same?
I’d like to get back into it, but am looking for some tips ‘n’ tricks. The most specific thing I want to know is your experience with spam. What’s the best way to stop it from a provider level, client level, personal hack level, etc. I run OS X on my daily work machine & have my own Linux server(s) so anything specific to that would be best.
Until then I’ll leave my AIM nick a secret.