My New AIM Account

About a year ago I got a Google Talk account and made that publicly available to people, just in case they wanted to IM me or whatever. The problem with this is that not really all that many people have Google Talk, and since firing up Google Talk was a little bit of a pain (because I’m an idiot, I could never get it to work on Trillian), I hardly ever signed onto it, and now use it primarily to contact one particular person.

However, recently people have been asking if I’m even on IM, and — provided I have some free time — I’m not averse to chatting with folks. So I’ve gone ahead and made myself another public IM account, this time on the AOL Instant Messenger, which most people seem to have. Here’s the screenname:


Simple. Feel free to add me to your buddy lists, and, if you see me online, feel free to likewise drop me an IM. Because if I’m on my public IM screenname, that means I’m feeling, you know, public.

(For those of you dying to know, yes, I also have a more private IM screenname, which I use primarily for business clients and family/friends of long-standing. I don’t make that one public because it’s meant to be a low-bandwidth thing. Please don’t be offended if you don’t know it; not a lot of people do.)

How often will I be on the ScalziOnAIM screenname? I dunno. Depends on how much free time I have. I’m on it now, though.

32 Comments on “My New AIM Account”

  1. Upon reading this I immediately pulled up my Trillian to see how you do setup Google Talk. Couldn’t figure it out either after an extensive(15 second) search. Not that I would actually want to talk to anyone on it mind you. Skype is actually the one I use the most these days. It’s type/talk features are unbeatable, at least for me.

  2. One could now take the opportunity to give a lecture on the superiority of Mac’s iChat, which supports Google Talk through Jabber and automatically logs you in to both that and your AIM account, and allows you to maintain as many identities as you need sans Trillian.

    If one were a self-indulgent Mac prat, that is.

    I’ll just go over here in the corner with my iLife…

  3. I’d aim you but I don’t have one, nor do I have anything specific to say, and I’d hate to be all,


    *squees softly*

    on you.

  4. Claire:

    “One could now take the opportunity to give a lecture on the superiority of Mac’s iChat, which supports Google Talk through Jabber and automatically logs you in to both that and your AIM account, and allows you to maintain as many identities as you need sans Trillian.”

    I use iChat when I’m on the Mac, thanks. It still doesn’t negate the fact that I find Google Talk not very useful. I use both Mac and PC. If something cross platform doesn’t work on both, it doesn’t work for me. Also, I find Mac triumphalism profoundly irritating.

  5. I gave up on Trillian about a year ago, and switched to Gaim for the Jabber support. In worst-case scenarios, I’ll resort to using the service for IM needs.

  6. I used to use Trillian, but I never liked it all that much. Now I use Miranda, which I like much better. The initial setup was a bit of a pain, but I can do everything with it, including Google Talk, and LJ Talk, too (not that I ever USE LJ Talk, but…I got it set up). And it’s free.

  7. Cool,
    Not sure if AIM is compatible with YahooIM of which I use. I know YIM is now compatible with MSN. I am not adverse to chatting with any “Whatever” regulars. I am in the CET timezone which means that when in my afternoon most of you’all are just waking and/or still asleep. But feel free to add me!
    Yahoo IM ID: xxlotus8xx
    Realname: Ray Allen

  8. I speak into a phone. It’s this really great invention. I can communicate long-distances without writing. It’s just amazing.:-)

  9. Actually, the IM is sometimes a better conversational medium because then you don’t have to give it your full attention, and you don’t appear rude if you don’t. Unlike when you’re talking on the phone.

  10. Nick Stump “I speak into a phone.”
    Please allow me to make that more complicated for you Nick by providing VOIP service for you. That way we can convert your legacy PSTN POTS voice line to IP packets! If you don’t mind the occasional echo, or Cylon voice, or speaking underwater sound it works really really well..
    Anyways, your reply made me laugh.

  11. (said with humor) Yeah, Nick, but can you be on the phone, having three different conversations with three of your friends, all at the same time. And can they send you URLs and files over the phone? And can you be on the phone to your friends chatting away while at work? And can you tell you friends on the phone, “hey, wait a sec, I need to finish this up (3 minute lag)” then start talking again? Phones are great, but sometimes chat can work better. (phones are great, but not always the best)

  12. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, father of pangolins

    I stayed up way too late last night IM’ing with some geeky writer from Ohio. And blogging. And editing. This is the modern age? My eyes are puffy and cranky from fatigue.

  13. **echoes Chang and goes back to hide under her covers**

    Did you write an emo poem though, like I did? I’m so embarrassed!

  14. Oh well..
    Yahoo IM and AIM are not friends. This inspires me to setup a private IRC server just for Whatever. But alas..It would just be another client to download and install AND configure for people. So instead. I think I will pour a Shnaaps, and stare out of my window. Half dark swollen storm clouds, half blue sky…

  15. So John Scalzi is now officially my buddy. Awe shucks. ;o)

    (I’m pretending it’s not creepy to add someone I’ve never had a conversation with to my buddy list… Dammit John, you’ve made me cross over from fan to groupie.)

  16. I’m also pretending that, Shawn. John, you’re now on my list. My handle is EdwardsJ3. You might hear from me, or you might not; I know you’re all a-tingle with anticipation.

  17. Oooh are we giving out IM addresses? I’m anaedream on AIM.

    Feel free to add me. If you don’t. Hell, it’s your loss. :)

  18. Nick/Ray/Steve:
    I actually prefer IM, texting, email, or video chatting to the phone. As a matter of fact, I prefer almost any method of communication to the phone. There’s something about the whole ‘disembodied voice’ thing that has always bugged me, even before the advent of teh intarrwebz. At least with IM and email you can moderate your conversation through text, emphasizing what you want, editing if necessary, etc. With video you get the facial expressions, body language, etc. I’ve had way too many awkward silences on the phone. Maybe that just says something about me, though…

  19. Add me to the “trying to pretend it’s not creepy” list.

    Scalzi, you’re likely safe from me anyway, unless I’m glaring at the monitor at 3:00 a.m. and you pop on. Because then I’d be just tired enough not to be totally freaked out by turning into a total idiot fangirl.


  20. Added. To my Family group no less! (I tend to ignore anybody coming and going otherwise). I’m ohbytehead/cmhbytehead. It took me five years to figure out what my old password to cmhbytehead. Uh-hum. I’m always on. As is the computer. But if I’m N/A, I’m probably N/A! :-P

    LOL @ Amanda J

    OK, I’ve rambled enough.

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