Chat Programs

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2013-08-09
I have never been a fan of these since the mid 1995s (with AOL).  Now, I don't use them at all, but I do need to use them now, mainly Google

I know there are a couple that are integrated into a gew of them.

Basically, I would like to be invisible to most people.   Which program will offer / suport this feature?  I know there is Trillian and a couple of others.  I downloaded GChat but I did not see how to be visible to only certain people.  I just don't have the time to sign on and talk to 20 people.  

Thank you!
Question by:coreybryant
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    Accepted Solution

    I use and would recommend Trillian.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Anthony Russo
    In Gmail there is the Gtalk widget on the sidebar. You set yourself Invisible there.
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    Author Comment

    I see both but if I set myself visible, then everyone will see me.

    Does Trillian offer an option for users to see you only if you want them to see you online?
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    There is also e-buddy I really like it,  you can use to log into most other chat programs
    It is just a web based version of Hotmail, no one in your contacts can see you if you select appear offline.  And no one can see you even when visible other than your contacts.
    never used Trillian so cant say if it also supports make your self  appear offline
    Having tried a few chat programs so far I have not seen the option to appear offline to xx amount contacts but online for some. Once you set appear offline it is for everyone in your contact list, but you can still chat to individuals but is slowed somewhat.
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    Author Comment

    The e-buddy seems to work offline for MSN but not GChat.  I'll see if I can't get another way to talk to this person.  

    I tweeted them to see if I get a reply, otherwise maybe sign into their (Trillian's forums).
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    Expert Comment

    I'd test it, get them online you open Ebuddy and login to your designated chat
    then once talk type is confirmed between you two then set yourself as offline and see if you can still talk type
    Some chats don't allow that once you set yourself to appear offline.
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    Assisted Solution

    I recently upgraded my windows Live Messenger
    to the new Outlook Messenger
     when I logged into Outlook to check it out  all my old stuff and contacts moved to the new Outlook,
    It was offered through Microsoft email
    I can still access my windows Live Messenger this way>
    To appear offline to a person, group, or category
    1.Open Messenger by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Messenger, and then, in the list of results, click Messenger.
    2.Sign in with your Microsoft account
    3.Right-click the name of a person, group, or category, and then click Appear offline to this person, Appear offline to this group, or Appear offline to this category.
    How do I appear offline to some people and not others?

    How To Appear Offline To Selected People Only In Windows Live Messenger?
    appear offline to certain contacts
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    Author Comment

    Thank you - sorry about the long delay.  I had knee surgery about a week after, it got a infection and then they had to remove everything. I had to spend some time in the hospital and rehab.  I could not really do anything and they finally re-did the surgery on 18 Mar.  Then I had to have two more surgeries - manual manipulation to see if they could get the knee bent more.  

    We are waiting on a complete knee replacement since some new ones came out and he wants to see how good they are.  The problem, I have a rod and pin in my right femur so that has t be removed

    I'll check out those programs - I have Office365 with Lync but I am not happy with their services at all.  They won't respond via tickets - they call. So I had to switch it so my phone calls are recorded.  Some tell me the number does not work (since they hear that).  And once they close the ticket, they archive them immediately - then two weeks later, you have no access to them.  They said that you can check the email, but the problem is, they answer the questions over the phone and do not put complete information in the ticket

    I used Trillian a long time ago, I did not like it but it probably has come a long way.  

    Thanks again and sorry for my little rant..
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    Author Closing Comment

    I really do not know if there is a best solution, but you have given me great ideas
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    Expert Comment

    Wow I am sorry to hear that
    This is such a serious injury, in time you should recover fully with a knee replacement
     so long as you exercise your knees.
    I've friends suffered the same fate.
    You make me appreciate my health as I age.
    All the best to you coreybryant may you have a speedy recovery.
    There is a few new one's I have become of aware of since last we spoke
    for your consideration

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