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Chatting Online

After you’ve created a contact list, you’re ready to chat with anyone who’s running Messenger in the background. All parties to the conversation must be connected to the internet.

✓ Tip

  • Before starting your first chat, you may want to change your Messenger display name. Choose Tools > Options > Personal tab; in the text box, type your name as you want other users to see it (Figure 15.10). (Unlike AIM, Windows Messenger doesn’t demand that your screen name be unique.)

    Figure 15.10. Use your real name or a nickname (to protect your anonymity). Don’t use your email address; spammers will get it.



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