I took part in my first ever Instant Messaging conversation last night. So did Carolyn. We chatted with each other. It was a great example of the blind leading the blind. I think Carolyn was especially confused, because she loaded the I.M. client software some days ago, and a message suddenly popped up on the screen out of nowhere:
Richard: Hello, how are you?
Carolyn: What's going on?
is he now! [I think Carolyn was responding to the status update informing her that "Richard Carter is typing".]
Richard: That messaging thing I told you about is working. I've never used it before either, so I haven't a clue what's going on
Carolyn: I'm getting in a right pickle here.
It'll never catch on.