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Chapter 18. Using iChat AV > Configuring Your Online Information

Configuring Your Online Information

Other users can see a number of pieces of information when you're online—such as your account status, an AIM profile, and a picture you've chosen to represent yourself. You can control these settings so you can be certain that your buddies are seeing what you expect them to.

Setting Your Account Status

When you are logged in to iChat AV, other members can see whether you are available for a chat. By default, your status, as well as the status of your buddies, is indicated by green (available), red (away), and orange (idle) dots next to each name (including yours) in the Buddy List window and iChat AV Status menu. You can set your account to use two default status states: Available and Away—accessed from either the iChat Status menu or the drop-down menu under your name at the top of the Buddy List window. However, if your computer has been idle for several minutes, iChat automatically switches to an idle state to show that you haven't been using your computer.


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