The instant messaging application is a sly and ubiquitous time thief. Typing takes longer than speaking, and can kill your momentum and focus with constant interruptions. Must we even mention how devastatingly easy it is to get caught up in a lengthy story or flurry of link-sharing? There's multinetwork client Digsby, Pidgin, Trillian or Adium; stalwarts Windows Live Messenger, AIM, or ICQ; or one of Yahoo Messenger's young'uns--Version 9 beta or Yahoo IM for Vista. Go ahead, pick your poison.
June 11, 2008 12:41 PM PDT
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