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AIM(R) Stalkers? Compulsive Away Message Checkers? They Don’t Stand a Chance.

February 22nd, 2005 · 4 Comments

If you regularly use AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM), it’s likely that you’ve at some point created a personal profile or used an away message. Some AIM users may have even found that often times they can get in trouble because of their away messages. Not in trouble with the law, necessarily, but social trouble. Friends, family, and significant others often check your away message because they are interested in waht you are doing, and you post that information in those profiles to let them know that. But besides those close to you, there are also people with more sinister intents. Some people use AIM(R) as a tool for harassment.

Plagued by the perpetual surveillance imposed on you by AIM(R)? Dissatisfied with your ability to thwart AIM(R) stalkers? Help is here! software is currently developing a web-based AIM(R) privacy management solution. With a few clicks of the mouse, a user can restrict access to their personal profile and away message to only authenticated users. Integrated logging and statistics are included, to make analysis of away message and profile access easy. Have you ever wanted to leave two different away messages for two different people? Now you can, and more. software is currently seeking beta testers. If you are interested, get in contact with Pete. At this time, beta testing positions are open only to those that know Pete personally. A public beta will be coming soon!

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Update 2006: Sadly, SLAPM has already come and gone.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laura // Nov 22, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    my friend was on the computer
    instant messaging. and out of nowhere, she gets this IM from sumone she duesnt know! the person knows my friends full name and in their buddy info it said: im gonna stalk you then im gonna kill you. then im gonna do it all over again.
    im really scared for my friend. wat should i do to make her feel better?

  • 2 Steele // Jan 23, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I keep getting scary messages from a weird pervert guy what should I do lol

  • 3 b-dance // Aug 25, 2008 at 5:19 am

    ok i keep getting these weird IMs from all these different people i dont know.. it happens like 3 to 4 times a day.. and when they do that they sign off and im like what the heck?! and i few weeks ago some random guy IMed me and was like i know your name your number and were you live. now, he didn’t do anything.. but im still a little freaked out. so i really dont know what to do.. i might stop using my AIM or get a new one. but as of now, im going to track like 10 different people down that IMed me in the past few days.

  • 4 Emi // Jun 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

    @ Steele: I keep on getting message like that too. I blocked them, but he keeps making new accounts to harass me. I just call him an idiot and block him though.

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