AOL Instant Messenger
by Gary Wolff
A couple of months ago I was introduced to a cool online chat service, the AOL Instant Messenger, by my know-it-all, early adopter, world traveler, children's entertainer friend, Mr. Ken Cotton. If, like me, you don't have a strong enough computer to handle internet telephony, AIM is the way to go for a live, real-time chat. I have used other chat programs and found most of them are a bit troublesome to use, especially for non-hacker novice-types like myself who often have trouble ascending software learning curves.
One piece of advice. Getting your onsreen name can be a real pain, if you try to get anything remotely close to your own name, as there are perhaps millions of folks already using the service. If at first, despite your most creative efforts, you can't get anything close to your desired name using letter characters, try using numbers. I wound up using my birthdate and my screen name was approved immediately. To find other people's screen names who are using the service, you can do an AOL search by email address.
The URL for the AIM software is: http://www.aol.com/aim
Also, there's an icon for AIM on the task bar of the Netscape Communicator browser.
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