much do you know about AIM?
Instant Messenger, known by its nickname, AIM, is a free service provided by America On-line.
It enables you to
communicate instantly, by typed text, with other AIM users.
AOL Instant Messenger was originally developed to
let AOL's members
chat among themselves, but is also available for
anyone to download. Compared to the bells
and whistles of the other
instant messengers, with their winks, nudges, avatars and other
multimedia functions, AIM is sparsely featured. However, it still has
the basic essentials and
gives you the options of chatting via typing,
talking or webcam.
The program's main interface is uncluttered,
so using it at a basic level is simple. Everything
you might want to
do on a day-to-day basis is present on the screen, while access to its more
advanced functions, like voice and video messaging, become available
when you open a chat window.
allows users to communicate instantly through text to their
"buddies" (or bots such as SmarterChild or ZolaOnAOL) around the
world, provided they have the AIM software. AOL also has a member directory
where AIM users can locate others online who share their interests. AIM is
also noteworthy for its use of buddy icons and buddy profiles, allowing its
users to construct a personal avatar and small personal information page.
setup varies greatly from MSN Messenger in that it does not require approval
from one buddy to be added to another's buddy list (MSN's default settings
send a message to a user notifying them if anyone has added them and letting
them choose whether or not to block that user). As a result, many users keep
other unsuspecting users on their buddy list to read their profiles or see if
they are online (if the said user had blocked them before), A user can block
another user from all communications, but some users keep extra usernames for
avoiding these blocks.
versions of AIM
is also a version of AIM, called AIM Express, that is implemented in DHTML
and runs in a web browser so you can use it if you’re not at your own
computer. AIM Express supports many of the standard features included in the
stand-alone client, but does not provide advanced features like file
transfer, audio chat, or video conferencing.
Computer's iChat AV software, released in June 2003 for Mac OS X, was the
first AIM-compatible client to allow for audio and video conferencing over
the AIM protocol. In February, 2004, AIM 5.5 was released, allowing Windows
users to video conference with each other and with iChat users. Although AIM
is the most feature rich official release of a mainstream instant messenger
for the Apple Macintosh, it lacks several features that the latest Microsoft
Windows version offers.
AIM 6.0 is the latest version for PC users. Features
Offline IMs: don't miss out
on your IMs just because you're busy. AIM 6.0 lets you retrieve the messages
you missed while you were offline
IM Grouping: keep all of
your IMs organized in one easy window. AIM 6.0 makes managing your social
life even easier
IM Logging: AIM 6.0 lets you
save your IM conversations on your computer. Now you'll never have to worry
about remembering what one of your friends said to you
Picture Sharing: share your
pictures with your buddies with AIM 6.0. The new drag-and-drop interface
makes it a snap
Bigger Buddy List: the
number of buddies is doubled you can have on your Buddy List window. AIM 6.0
makes it easy to stay in touch with up to 1,000 of your closest friends.
That’s 1000 people you can share a buddy icon with
PC to PC Chat: AIM 6.0
integrates seamlessly with AIM Phoneline.
Keep on talking with your friends, even if your fingers are tired of typing
Innovative Wallpapers: these
wallpapers are interactive - they work with AIM 6.0 and have lots of hidden
surprises waiting for you to discover
AIM Pages: AIM 6.0 brings
profiles to a whole new life. AIM start your AIMPage off with some vanity info, and you fill in the rest
Download AIM 6.0 here
AIM for Mac users is at version 4.7. It’s quite
basic but you can still use aim buddy icons and customize it with your own
doll icons, cute icons, funny icons. You can download it here: http://www.aim.com/get_aim/mac/latest_macosx.adp