Those few of us who turned up on June 4 were repeatedly booted off the
system by AIM. Considering the ongoing problems with AIM chat, here
are a couple alternatives to look into:
1. Google Talk system
Starting a Group in Google Talk
NOTE: link can be embedded in website with one line of code
Google Talk features
2. Yahoo Instant Messenger
Home page (includes links for international users, by country)
NOTE: Yahoo IM is supported by advertising, much more obtrusive than
NOTE 2: MSN messenger / MSN systems may be as insecure as Outlook
Express, which is famous for "shipping with ports open" which
reportedly makes it highly hackable and hijackable.
I'd like to suggest we do a trial with Google Talk on a non-chatroom
evening, maybe Yahoo Instant Messenger also, then get a consensus and
then decide if we want to stay with AIM.
My personal preference would be for Google -- several years'
experience with their e-mail system tells me it's reliable,
unobtrusive, and I LOVE Google's policy of "no visual ads."