Instant Messaging Now a Live ‘Plus’ Feature


New Messaging Feature For Plus Members

Howdy hi everyone!

I am so pleased to say that as of today Instant Messaging is now a live feature available to all Plus members. Honestly, we are hoping to be able to offer IM to everyone at some point, but the rigors of hosting it mean it’s a Plus-only feature for now.

For those that will be using it, take the time to read the help pages to learn how the different features work.

For now you can see all your pals that are online from the homepage. Also in your groups you will be able to IM any other members that are online. In the forums you’ll be able to IM some members if they have chosen to let anyone IM them.

We’ve created some new settings you’ll want to consider regarding how you use IM. The new options are:

  • If you want anyone that is Plus to be able to IM you or just your pals. This default to just your friends. You can change it anytime from your ‘Account Options Page‘.
  • If you are seen as visible or invisible each time you log in. This defaults to visible. You can change it anytime from your ‘Account Options Page‘.
  • You’ll also have the option of changing your visibility setting for just one visit, so if you want to appear hidden once in a while or make yourself visible for just one visit you can do so. Note that changing your visibility does not change your previous setting if only friends or anyone in Plus can IM you. You can change your session’s visibility from the home page or your ‘Account Options Page‘. Though we are launching this we expect there will a handful of problems specific to certain browsers or users. So just use our handy feedback form and we’ll track them all and resolve them one by one. We do know now that for some reasons users of Internet Explorer 6 are not able to initiate conversations. Perhaps you may want to try out the Firefox browser while we’re working on it.

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