I do apologise for the clumsiness of this post. Until I work out way to educate people over the Internet, reading a whole heap of text will have to do…

If you’ve got anything decent to say, feel free to get in touch via any of the following methods.

Unless you’ve got something desperately urgent or important to say, email me:

Otherwise, if what you think you need to communicate to me needs to be done in real time, IM is the way to go.

However, there is a condition attached to contacting me via IM. Here’s something I’ve compiled to tell you how this works:

  1. Your very first message should tell me who you are, and what you want (or why you’re talking to me).
    If I, at any point in the conversation, have to ask who you are, or what network I know you from (be it Twitter, Facebook, Mactalk, OCAU, or in any other way), you’ve failed. I remember a recent conversation where it went a little something like this:
    Guy: hello
    Me: Hi
    Me: I have no idea who you are.
    Guy: do you have spare google wave invite?
    Me: no.
    Guy: i can exchange google voice
    Me: heh, I already have one of those, just haven’t used it.
    Guy: i see. thanks.I’ll leave it up to you to think about how many levels of fail this conversation has.
  2. If I don’t reply within a 30-second window, assume I have gone AFK. Don’t choose to spam my IMs at this point in time – doing so will only put me in a bad mood when I get back.
  3. Being a geek, certain things come with the territory. Like, for example, the fact that I rarely talk to anyone over IM on a daily basis – with the exception of a few friends. Don’t talk to me every day. Just, don’t.

Still want to get in touch via IM? Sure you don’t want to email meĀ instead? Read on, soldier.

Now that that’s out of the way, in order of preference:

  • AIM/iChat/MobileMe/iCloud:
  • Google Talk/Jabber:
  • Skype:

Last modified: Wednesday, 1st January 2014