Chat on SparkPeople with our New Instant Messaging Feature Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We're very happy to offer an instant messaging (IM) service on SparkPeople.com!
The ability to chat in real-time, like instant messaging allows, has been a longstanding request from our members. We think this feature will help you better connect with other members so you can get more help and support on your healthy lifestyle journey.
You can access our IM service by looking at the lower right corner of your browser when you are logged in to SparkPeople. This feature is provided by a third party company called Meebo. Please note that IM only shows up if you have a SparkPage (because you have to have SparkFriends in order to chat). You can IM only with members who are your mutual friends, meaning you each have added one another as a friend. You can click here to use our Mutual Friend Finder tool.
Each time you log in to SparkPeople, Meebo will automatically log you in as "available" for chat. However, you can sign yourself offline by opening your friends list window, clicking on your username at the top and changing your "available" status to "sign me offline." If you do NOT want IM to always turn on when you sign in to SparkPeople, you can log yourself out permanently by changing your Community preferences for IM here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/preference_com munity.asp.
This IM feature is a "beta" or test version, which means we're testing it on the site for now; we're curious to see what our SparkPeople members think of it and how well it works. Finally, please keep in mind that our Community Guidelines also apply to all IM communications.
If you have any questions or problems, please post them in our Site/Technical Help Forum. For help using Meebo's IM, please refer to this FAQ page they created for SparkPeople users: www.meebo.com/support/communityim/47/. If you are having trouble seeing the bar in FireFox, you may need to clear your cookies and cache.
Thanks! We hope you enjoy chatting in real-time with your mutual SparkFriends!
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