Instant Messaging UIs and Annoyances

20 Feb 2009 - 9:42am
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Brad Ty Nunnally
2008

If I have an IM open in the background and someone sends me a message,
I should get a preview of the message. Aidum and Digsby do this by
showing you the message in a popup window in a the corner of your
screen that disappears after a couple of seconds.

Digsby has taken it an extra step by letting you respond to the
person directly in the preview popup, so I don't even need to switch
screens if it is a quick response.

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20 Feb 2009 - 11:08am
Shaun Bergmann
2007

We have the ability to change the duration/opacity of these popup windows,
but they are ALWAYS in the bottom right corner of the screen. This is also
where most of my software keeps the tool sets I use most often.
Whether it's Adobe Fireworks, Dreamweaver, or even Google Chat, my Twitter
feed (twhirl), MSN Messenger and Skype will all pop up in the exact same
area even over-shadowing the other popups.
I would absolutely love the ability to slide the popuplocation to wherever
my preference would be horizontally along the task bar. Not only would the
eventual popups not interfere with the work I am currently doing, but their
location of popup would serve me as one more quick identifier as to who's
talking.

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 6:42 AM, Brad Ty Nunnally <bnunnally at gmail.com>wrote:

> If I have an IM open in the background and someone sends me a message,
> I should get a preview of the message. Aidum and Digsby do this by
> showing you the message in a popup window in a the corner of your
> screen that disappears after a couple of seconds.
>
> Digsby has taken it an extra step by letting you respond to the
> person directly in the preview popup, so I don't even need to switch
> screens if it is a quick response.
>
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20 Feb 2009 - 11:49am
Phillip Hunter
2006

I agree with both of those and would generalize to say that IM clients
need to provide more control over how and when notifications occur.
One of the great desktop problems to solve.

I also get very frustrated with the connection organization
limitations that most clients have.

ph

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23 Feb 2009 - 3:28am
Anonymous

Actually, that's just Digsby's default location, you can change to
another corner, but I would also like be able to place it anywhere.
Notifications should really be handled in common, like Growl makes
possible on Macs. Why should we have to configure every app that wants
to get our attention?

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the proclivity of IM clients to steal
focus. I have more than once been the victim of this as I was logging in
somewhere, and wound up sending my password over IM. Their habit of
making noise when buddies log on & off annoys me too. I can turn that
off, but only for my client, not for everyone around me. This is
particularly fun when the network goes down & I hear hundreds of doors
slamming.

Peter

Shaun Bergmann wrote:
> We have the ability to change the duration/opacity of these popup windows,
> but they are ALWAYS in the bottom right corner of the screen.
<SNIP>
> I would absolutely love the ability to slide the popuplocation to wherever

23 Feb 2009 - 3:34pm
Sean Landry
2008

The ability to manage multiple conversations seems to vary from IM to
IM which means to me the solution hasn't yet been found although I
saw this video on Yahoo's new messenger and seemed like a great
solution.

http://on10.net/Blogs/larry/yahoo-messenger-on-wpf/

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