IM does have its uses, as I have written about in the past. But personally, it’s more of a waste of time I think.
AP writes Instant-messaging software has evolved into the latest weapon in a fierce battle among major Internet companies to reap revenues off whatever you do, wherever you go online.
Many people spend hours a day with messaging programs active, shooting text to friends and co-workers online. These free products already go well beyond the typed word: People can swap files and chat with webcams and microphones.
Now there’s even more. (full story)