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IM outpacing SMS ;)

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 6, 2008

Walk into an office these days, and chances are you will come across someone doing It: Having a little fun on the side while working.

Instant Messaging via Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, or MSN for short, has taken off in a big way here, and more and more people are logged on for hours on end , ‘talking’ to friends and colleagues while at work.

These so-called ‘efficiency freaks’ send 55 million messages each day – for a total of 1.6 billion a month last year.

The messages range from questions about work to the garden variety: ‘Makan? Can. Now? Ok, where?’ sort.

Microsoft, which released these figures last week, said that there are 1.3 million users of the free service in Singapore, and they are online for an average of 12 hours a day. (story)

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