No, I don’t want to chat.
Google’s Chat or G-talk is integrated into the mail inbox, over to the left. It’s in about the same spot with Google+.
Yahoo‘s chat/messenger is integrated into their mail service &the only chat/add requests I ever get are super spammy. (They’re also annoyingly getting rid of the “Updates” tab/pages which I’m sure not many will miss… but it was a way for me to read Facebook & Twitter at the same time.)
The latest Facebook outlet puts the chat right on up there. I have my chat status set to away or always off or whatever it is… but it’s easily fat-fingered back into “hey chat with me” mode.
When I set up Ubuntu on a laptop, I setup something that acts like an instant messenger with tweets that are “@” me, and I think I can Tweet or Update Facebook from it. It was cool for about 5 minutes.
I don’t want to chat.
We can talk back & forth via our Facebook pages, email, Twitter, or even a text message if urgency is required… but we don’t need to chat or IM each other.
I don’t have the need to instant message anyone.
If I’m at Yahoo or Google, I’m checking my email. I’m trying to read something, I don’t need my focus pulled away. I already have a miniscule attention span.
I’m not tryin’ to hate. I’m just sayin’. I mean, my wife picked me up using AIM. She was all up on me like “lol“, “🙂“, “send n00dz“. OK, maybe not that last one. But she did make plans with me to go to Ritter’s.
Instant messaging is fine, I just have no interest in it while I’m doing other things. There are plenty of viable ways to say hello to me, or ask me questions. I can’t think of any purposed served by instant messaging at this point in life.
Why is it forced upon me by every email carrier, social network, & rogue open-source operating system? (OK, the last one is my own fault.)
Even some websites have built-in creepers now. “Hello, I can see you’re looking at several different widgets on our site. Our knowledgeable associate Peter Parker is available to help, type your question below to chat now.”
NO! Let me browse. (I do the same thing anytime a salesperson approaches IRL.)
Quit it. I already have enough browser windows open at once. I don’t need a chat going on. I realize that I’ve reached the point of being obsolete. I didn’t think I’d ever be the type of person that rails against change. I don’t know if I’m railing against it here, or just not rolling with it.
So, please don’t take offense if this one time fan of Trillian doesn’t want to IM any more. Maybe we can Skype some time. Or not.