What do we do when Gchat is down? We freak. Over and over again. We yell at the top of our lungs, which hurts, sort of, because we rarely speak aloud at this time of morning, "What have you done to me, Google!!!!????" We shake our fists at the grey sky, grey to portend the tearing away of something we hold near and dear to our Internet hearts and lives. Our main form of communication has been ripped from us, leaving an unspeakable gap to fill. What to do?
And then something from the furthest regions of our brain comes forth, something we remember vaguely, what were those 3 little letters, those You've Got Mail-esque vibes, the whooshing sound of a message sent, the slightly less whooshing sound of a person leaving a chat? Remember ... AIM? AOL. Instant. Messenger.
Remember! Of course we remember, we remember it like we remember that beloved elderly relative whom we really should call, if not visit in person. It's not been a part of our day-to-day lives for years, yet we still hold a fondness for it. It was so important, way back when; a friend we saw hourly if not nearly every minute. Work was done here. Plans were made, and so were jokes. There were flirtations and then breakups, even, and the ensuing need to "go invisible" and block people. If we can dredge them up, we find we still have our AIM names ... what was ours? Something missing a certain amount of letters? We open our iChat, because that's where we used it, a shift we made at some point in the mid-to-late 2000s, and there we are! We have a conversation, with our current boss!
Taking a positive stance, we think, maybe this temporary lack of Gchat has been refreshing, freeing, eye-opening. Certainly it's less stressful not having that incessant pinging in the background to attend to as if it were a human command. Maybe this has even helped us get a little more work done. Maybe? Still, we admit, we'll feel far more comfortable when the green dots allow for actual relationship interactions as opposed to this false sense of calm. AIM may be good in a pinch, but it's a bit like using a landline in an iPhone world. (Others more multi-talented than we are—including one friend with three Gchat and two AIM accounts, integrated via Adium—weigh in to inform us that they still use AIM all the time.)
But seriously, is Gchat back, yet????? (According to an unscientific test, yes.) Thank God, because we just can't live like this. It's inhumane. Almost as inhumane as Twitter being down.