… MSN Messenger?
This one is actually a pretty easy post to write because I found the question and answer here.
I do remember MSN Messenger popping up when I installed a version of Windows a long time ago. The article talks about 2001. Wow!
It popped up after the installation and it seemed to come bundled with a bunch of other Microsoft stuff at the time. I think I did install it once and played around with it. But, I just didn’t get it. As the article mentions, AOL was a big competitor at the time. I didn’t get that either.
My computing and communication world was based on email. I had a couple of work emails and a few home personal emails. Why would I want another place to go to look for messages? As we all know, when someone sent an email, they expected a reply almost immediately. Email was just becoming a widely accepted thing at the time and there seemed to be a mindset that only you and the person on the other end were the only ones connected so why wouldn’t you expect to get a reply immediately?
As it turns out, I didn’t ride the wrong horse and MSN Messenger went away. Does this mean that email turned out to be the ultimate answer?
Around here, not so much. I do get email messages but they tend to be from older folks who remain attached to email or mailing lists that I’ve subscribed to and then there’s always the spam.
These days, people use other services which I suspect was where Microsoft wanted to take MSN Messenger but were ahead of the time. Most everything around here is tied to a social network with Twitter and Facebook offering private messaging services. With an application on my phone, I get the messages immediately. I don’t check in; they’re checking in for me. Two other things that gather attention are direct texting to the phone or a Slack server that I have set up with a friend and his brother that gets the majority of my attention. These alternatives to email seem to be more personal and personalized. Ironically, I just got a message on my phone from Environment Canada about a weather advisory.
I find that these newer services get my immediate attention these days. Email sits and waits until I get around to it. With Windows 11 and on my Chromebook, I have my phone connected so I get notifications from the phone even if I’m using my computer.
For a Sunday, your thoughts?
- did you ever use MSN Messenger? If so, how?
- did you ever use AOL’s services?
- these days, it seems that we all have the ability to get messages from a variety of services. Which ones fit into your digital world?
- do you have notifications turned on with your devices so that you get notified immediately or do you prefer to be left alone?
- do you sleep your messages at night so that you’re not wakened?
- how much has spam creeped into your digitial live and connected services?
- how does email fit into your digital life these days? Has it been replaced by another messaging service?
- do you still have a CD-ROM floating around your place with a copy of MSN Messenger just waiting to be installed?
As with any Sunday morning, I’d be most interested in your thoughts.
This is part of a regular Sunday morning routine around here. You can check out all the past posts here.