I used to think of instant messaging as something the kids use, with generous helpings of OMG, ROFL, TTFN and smiley faces.
Now it's invaded the workplace - including mine.
My company requires us to log into IM during work hours. I ignored it for the better part of a year, until the whining became too loud. Since I happen to like getting paid, I gave in.
It wouldn't be so bad if I could limit the people who can see me online. Or if I could prevent it from going to “inactive” status every time I go to the toilet.
Normally these settings could be altered, but like many corporate applications, it's locked down and the settings can't be changed easily. (Yep, there's always the registry, but let's not go there. I try to “play nice” with our LAN Desktop people.)
Instant messaging is particularly aggravating when you're working against the clock to resuscitate a server that just ate itself, and Joe Smith on the other side of the country is IM'ing that he'd like a new field on his TPS report.
It doesn't matter if I set my status to “Busy” or “Away”.
“Away” as in “Not Here”.
“Casper the Ghost”.
How am I supposed to answer? I'm good, but I'm not telepathically tied to my laptop.
LOL, I say.