Instant Messaging is a real time communications tool. It allows people to communicate one-to-one or in groups without the delays and overhead of email. Most instant messaging applications consist mainly of a roster (a.k.a. "buddy list") window, and smaller windows for each one-to-one chat and conference room.
This service has several benefits not present in commercial instant messaging offerings:
Your desktop or laptop system may already have the software you need to get going. Check the links in the "Software Configuration" inset (left) for information about your particular system. Once you have installed and configured the necessary software, you simply login using your UCInetID.
Your instant messaging address, or JabberID, is the same as your campus email address: UCInetID@uci.edu
Your account is created the first time you login.
All communications between the client software on your computer and the instant messaging server are encrypted. Clients must connect with either SSL or TLS encryption.
OIT Instant Messaging does not retain individual messages once they have been transmitted to the recipient. Your use of Instant Messaging is protected by the University of California’s Electronic Communications Policy, which generally prohibits monitoring of your electronic communications without your consent. You may set up your software to keep a local transcript of your message.
If your correspondent isn't online at the moment, the OIT Instant Messaging server will temporarily store the message and forward it when the other person logs on.
You can create a chat room with your client software. If you happen to know the name of an existing chat room, use your software’s “join chat room” feature.
OIT Instant Messaging can communicate with other XMPP/Jabber systems in the .edu or .gov domains. Other sites will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with business need.
Some XMPP/Jabber clients allow the use of nicknames, wherein you appear to your correspondents as your nickname (instead of your JabberID, UCInetID@uci.edu). OIT Instant Messaging ignores nicknames in one-to-one chat sessions.
Nicknames are currently observed in chatrooms. OIT's goal is for only UCInetID-based JabberIDs to be displayed in all communications.