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Part 9. Living Online > Setting Up an iChat Account

Setting Up an iChat Account

If you need to get an AIM screen name, go to the AIM website (my.screenname.aol.com). Click the Create one FREE now link.

Enter the requested information and click Submit.

Click Continue in the confirmation screen (or, if you're told that the screen name you chose isn't available, go back and try another one).

Open the Applications folder and double-click iChat.

INTRODUCTION

iChat works with either your .Mac username or an America Online Instant Messenger (AIM) screen name. If you don't have either, use the AIM screen name—it's free. The steps below walk you through getting a screen name and then entering your name and password in iChat so you can get online and start chatting.


HINT

What's in a Name?

When choosing a screen name, think about how you want to appear. If you'll be using iChat with clients and colleagues, you probably don't want to choose “FluffyBunny.” And if you'll be chatting mainly with friends, “AcmeInc” isn't the best choice.


Choose iChat, Preferences.

Click the Accounts button, click the Add button, and choose Add AIM Account.

Enter your AIM screen name and password.

Click Use This Account, and then click the Close button to save your changes.


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