More Features of AIM
AOL’s instant messenger program of AIM is one that is widely used by many people of all types and ages. It allows friends, family members, co-workers and even complete strangers to keep in touch with one another from anywhere around the world. In my last article for this program, I talked about how to add and block your buddies on your buddy list, how to set up away messages when you are busy or away from your computer and how to distinguish the status of your friends online. Well, today I’m going to talk about a few other features. Let’s go!
Other features that are rather basic, but are very important to AIM users include: AIM talking or chatting, sharing videos and pictures and sending files to one another while online. The number one purpose of AIM is to send instant messages to one another. If you just double click on someone’s screenname on your buddy list, you can type and send each other messages.
The option of “talking” is also available. With that, you can literally talk out loud if both users have microphones attached to their computer. By clicking on the Talk tab, which is the first tab on the bottom of the text box, you can invite the other person to start a conversation with you. If you are free of any technical difficulties, you’re set to go!
Another common use of AIM users is to share or send things while chatting online. The option of sending videos enables you to start a Webcam chat with the other person. Similar to the Talk option, this feature allows the two users to physically see each other up on their computer screens. This, of course, only works when both users have Webcams installed. That way, you can see the person you are talking to. Beware though, make sure you’re not enabling the Webcam if you’re talking to someone you don’t know very well!
In addition to talking and seeing the person you’re chatting with online through the Talk and Video features, you can send each other files as well. You can start a Direct IM session in which both you and the person you’re talking to can send each other pictures in a slideshow format. You can even save the other person’s pictures onto your own computer. Sharing pictures has never been easier or more enjoyable!
Finally, you can send any types of files through an instant message as well. That includes MS Word documents, images, music files or any other files you could typically e-mail to another person. By clicking on the Send File tab, a new window opens up in which you can look through your folders and files and pick which one you want to send. With just a click of your mouse, you can choose to communicate in all of these different ways. Technology has never been better!
You can download the latest version of AIM for yourself right here. Happy IMing!