I hardly use instant messaging anymore, and yesterday I came to a realization.
Most of the instant messaging I actually do, I do through Google Talk. I use GMail all the time, and so do most of my contacts. So GTalk comes naturally.
I can count the number of IM conversations I have in a month on my fingers. Without using binary.
What does this mean? It means people don’t want to talk to me in IM! This doesn’t shock me too much, because we’re all busy and synchronous discussions (apart from the occasional opportunistic ones) are more difficult than asynchronous (such as email and blogs).
Bottom line: I still want to talk to you, but I won’t be logging into my IM client as often anymore. That means I won’t appear in AOL Instant Messenger as often.
So, if you want to talk to me, you have options.
If you’re an AOLIM user, you can email me and ask if I’m around. If I am, I’ll get the message quick, because I see all my email. If I’m free I’ll respond and we can take it to IM if necessary.
If you’re a GTalk user, you’ll still see me online, because I’ll probably be keeping my GMail window open, and GMail lets you do Google Talk. So, no problem there.
I no longer use AOLIM away messages. You can see my running comments about my current situation on Twitter.
As I said, I don’t have many online conversations anymore, so this will not be a big impact. But I just wanted to let the people who do see me in AOLIM know that I haven’t disappeared. Find me online using Twitter and email from now on. And, of course, via blog comments.