Don’t you just hate it when you type a text smiley face such as :-) and your chat program insists on turning your text emoticon into a graphic emoji? Here’s how to turn off emoji in the Mac instant messenger program Messages (formerly known as iChat and iMessage), so that it will instead send and display text-based smiley and other faces.
It turns out that the U.S.’ NSA is not the only intelligence agency conducting privacy-invading surveillance on average citizens. The UK’s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) has been quietly collecting data – including revealing screenshots of breasts and other body parts – from Yahoo webcam chats – under an effort called Project Optic Nerve.
Facebook has announced that it will buy the international text messaging application What’sApp for $16 billion in cash plus $3 billion worth of Facebook stock. Now, Facebook already has its own message app with Facebook Messenger. So, what does Faceboo want with WhatsApp?
The social media world is buzzing with opinions about the new Myspace now that they have released the new version. Ever since it was announced that Justin Timberlake was one of the new partners involved in reviving the dead social media site, the Internet has been flooded with speculations as to how the newly revamped site will compare with Facebook, Pinterest, Pandora, Songza and, of course, how it compares with the old Myspace.
Countless Microsoft Windows Live Instant Messenger users recieved a message yesterday – a legitimate, genuine message from “firstname.lastname@example.org” – telling them that they needed to change their email address in order to continue using the Windows Live service. The problem was, while it was a real message from Microsoft, it was sent accidentally, and was not true.
Just in case you weren’t spending enough time on Facebook now (you are using Facebook, right? Our Facebook page is here), Facebook has announced that they will be rolling out Facebook Chat within the next few weeks.
If you are like many people, you may be wondering what people see in Twitter – why use Twitter – what do people use Twitter for – what are the uses of Twitter (or, for that matter, even, what is Twitter?)
Have you ever wished that you could have your own private web instant messenger? The best of all instant messengers is your own free instant messaging system, and now you can have a free instant messenger chat system all of your own! Just by using this free, no download instant messenger system you can have folks come use your own personal web instant messenger when they want to talk with you! Plus, this free instant messenger service offers one of the best all in one instant messaging serving websites, providing access to all of the instant messaging programs at once! We’re using it ourselves, and it’s awesome!
If your teen is racking up bills instant messaging on a cell phone, has taken over your computer to instant message their friends, or is pestering you because they “need” a cell phone or some other device to instant message their friends, and if you really would like to let them message their friends, but aren’t ready to give them that cell phone, then the Zip-It Wireless Messenger may be just the ticket!
If you are one of those people who aren’t the least bit interested in using Google Gmail Chat (Google’s instant message chat program in Gmail, similar to AIM and iChat), you probably want to know how to sign out of Gmail chat. So here’s the information you need to disable Gmail chat – to turn the Google chat “feature” off, and deactivate Google Gmail chat instant messages.
Have you ever found yourself booted out of Yahoo Chat and you have no idea why? It may be that you have crossed paths with a so-called “Yahoo booter”. Yahoo booters are people who, for whatever reason, will flood your yahoochat session with data, causing you to get dumped out of Yahoochat. Yahoo booting is done typically to annoy or harass the Yahoo booters target.
If you use either AOL instant messenger or iChat, chances are good that you have started getting the “AIM Pages Invite” spam from the AIMPagesInvite AOL instant messenger buddy. Here’s what this is all about.
If you use MSN Messenger or email, chances are that at some point you will find yourself using, or wanting, emoticons for MSN. Emoticons are emotional graphics – visual ways to express the way you feel when words alone just aren’t enough. Of course, you probably knew that. But what you may not have known is just how many emoticons for MSN there are (such as alien, 3d, and even erotic adult emoticons!) – or where to get them. Or how to create or make your own emoticons for MSN!
A new service announced by AOL, called Skyhook, adds a new “Near Me” buddy group to your AIM buddies. This is intended to show you your nearby buddies or local buddies. Based on where you and your AIM buddies are located, those who are within a certain number of miles of you will show up in your “Near Me” buddy group.
Now here’s a big surprise – oh, wait, no it isn’t – a recent study found that SMS (text messaging) has made it easier for people to lie.