android
How the New Android Messages Actually Compares to iMessage

Google’s messaging options are a mess, and it just rolled out a new tool to muddy the waters even further: Android Messages, but on the web. It gives you access to your Android SMS chats through a web browser, and lets you send and receive messages. So does it make life any easier for those in Google chat purgatory? And does it get Google any closer to catching up with the likes of iMessage and WhatsApp? Read More >>

privacy
Tor is Developing an Anonymous Instant Messaging Service

Now that we know the NSA is even spying on instant messaging services, the denizens of the deep web need a new way to chat anonymously. Of course, Tor comes to the rescue. Read More >>

facebook
BBC Typo Nightmare Described WhatsApp as a “Massaging Service”

Some poor late-night content generator for the BBC had a rather bad evening late yesterday, managing to describe WhatsApp as a massage service in a headline about the Facebook purchase. Sadly, Facebook hasn't pivoted into the sports injury or grim sauna sex business. If it had, we wouldn't mind it having our personal data so much. [Huffington Post] Read More >>

chatroom
There’s No Way 100 Million People are Using Samsung’s ChatOn IM App, Right?

Have you ever sent a message from Samsung's ChatOn instant messaging service? Or even received one? Me neither, which makes it hard to believe that an incredible 100 million people now make up its "global subscriber base". Read More >>

internet
Gizmodo’s Guide to IM Etiquette

Everyone has an obnoxious instant messenger friend. If you don't, it's probably you. Our parents didn't come of age in the days of MSN and AOL, so it's unlikely that they were able to pass on the finer points of internet manners. Read More >>