I'm just wondering if many of you out there talk/communicate with family and friends via IM. I don't mind talking to family and long time friends. But sometimes there seems to be issues adding new people to my list of IM friends. Sometimes IM'ing with someone new can be quite annoying. I was sitting here thinking...about IM ettiquette...thought we could all start a list. Here are a few of my suggestions. IM Don'ts: 1. Don't send a message to someone as soon as you see them log on, it only seems courteous to allow about 10 minutes to go by, 9 times of out 10 they would like to check e-mail and their favorite sites before chatting. Sometimes they will start the conversation with you if you allow them time to get adjusted. 2. Don't interview people like you are doing a story for the National Inquirer. Regular conversation usually reveals more than it would if you fire questions at someone. (i.e., Do you like Seattle?, Did you have a nice day?, Have you ever lived in another city?, Are you married? Are you single?,What are you looking for in a man?, Tell me about yourself? What is your age, sex and location? ) JUST CONVERSATE...it will all come out in the wash. 3. Take a HINT. If someone is slow to respond, they may be busy doing something else. Just let them contact you when they have more time. 4. Send an e-mail asking to be added to an IM. You set yourself up for denial by sending the invite straight through. 5. Don't assume chatting on an IM is a relationship. I know that sounds like crazy advice, but some people really do get this one confused.