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Is there a social network for iMessage users?

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Nov 15, 2012 5:41 PM

I do not have any contact on my iMessage and therefore rarely use.



Do not think that would be a funny a sort of portal / social network for Mac users and / or iMessage, where each member would have their profile, where would share photos, their tastes, including your apple id so we can more easily exchange messages between the Mac community and through any device, be it Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad?

iMessage, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 12:41 AM (in response to nmphoto)

    Oi nmphoto,

    I don't assume there is such a portal nor social network yet. On the other hand, I'd suppose such a network would be to reduced, if just for iMessage.

    If you think about iMessage on iOS, there is just a connection to personally known people possible, although you could start a group chat as well.

    If you think about iMessage on Mac OS X, it's not reduced to iMessage protocol but speaks AOL, ICQ, Bonjour and Jabber as well.

    Jabber AKA XMPP is an open protocol which makes it possible to speak to others without a connection to the same server is needed. This also is used for messaging by Apple's Mac OS X server. Recently I set it up on my server the first time and joined a public room on one of Ubuntu's server. So everybody can create a room on any XMPP server or enter an existent room on any XMPP server.

    Bonjour makes it possible to chat with people in the local network if available, works peer to peer and doesn't need any server. It works originally on Mac OS X and Ubuntu (I'm sure on other machines, I don't know about, too). On Windows you could use this with freeware as Pidgin.


  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 12:58 AM (in response to wrote:


    If you think about iMessage on Mac OS X, it's not reduced to iMessage protocol but speaks AOL, ICQ, Bonjour and Jabber as well...

    Yeah, in other words, there is a social network for iMessage users, and it's called The Internet.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to nmphoto)



    I would think there would be an issue with a place that was listing Apple IDs online.


    With Jabber or AIM if someone gets hold of your Screen Name or ID then you can block them in the other services.


    I have enough AIM screen names from people who have tested with me to worry about gathering a whole bunch of new ones.


    Whether someone has set up a Google Group or similar I am not aware.




    10:45 PM      Friday; November 16, 2012

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"


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     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
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     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Carlo TD Level 3 Level 3 (550 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to nmphoto)

    Do you know anyone with an aol, aim, google, jabber, yahoo, icloud email?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 5:26 PM (in response to nmphoto)

    You are forgetting the dangers of sharing things like an Apple ID with strangers - would you like them to buy things at the app store in your name and with your money? Crooks don't need much info nowadays to be able to commit identity theft. And, if you reveal more personal info, they can see if it's worth breaking into your house to snatch that 27" iMac, 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, or some other interesting stuff. And, since the purchase of anything from Apple is now tied to your Apple ID, that could have some really interesting (unwanted) side effects.


    I share such information with my friends (the kind you actually know), but I will not ever share personal information or pictures with social-network-site strangers, especially on the anonymous internet.


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