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  • How To Properly Use iMessage In iOS 5


    One of the biggest reasons to still be using a BlackBerry is BBM and with the release of iOS 5, the iPhone will have its own version called iMessage. It's better than normal texting but comes with its own qualms, including an endless array of scary social dilemmas which may arise. By being properly informed, anyone can navigate through iMessage and avoid an endless array of frustration. Below are some tips to use iMessage stress free:

    Inform Others You Have Read Their Messages

    If you are or were at some point a BlackBerry user you will know how inconvenient the potential burden of people knowing when you have read their messages is. Much like BBM, iMessage displays when a message has been delivered through Appleís servers (a good way to alleviate the uncertainty of unreliable cell networks) but iMessage also displays the exact time at which you IMís have been read. This can be a tricky and sticky situation which may lead to tension. It also happens to be one of the most interesting parts of iMessage Ė a way of feeling better connected with friends, family, and others by linking up through your iPhone. Knowing that someone read your message in real-time is very gratifying but itís only fun if everyone is in on it Ė so we suggest keeping the feature on, unless you are going to be busy for a while. This way your friends wonít get the idea that youíre interested in a conversation when you arenít. To quickly turn on/off message read notifications, navigate to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.

    Donít Get Angry If You Donít Get An Immediate Response


    This seems to be a problem for many old text messagers and new ones too and it will potentially get worse with iMessage. Generally, people tend to get pissed off if you donít reply relatively quickly. None of us seem to have the patience and if we donít get immediate or close to immediate responses to texts or IMs, we take it personally when we shouldnít. There are multiple reasons why someone might not be able to respond within a few minutes (and in some cases a few hours) but sometimes we just donít feel like texting right away which is perfectly fine! We donít have to be slaves to our iPhones, even with iMessage.

    Easily Avoid Those You Hate (or Just Donít Want To Speak To Much)

    There is a loophole in iMessage you can utilize if you want to dodge someone you canít stand, are trying to avoid, or just plain donít like talking to. If you want to screen iMessages without informing people you have read their messages, just read them from the iOS 5 Notification Center which you can swipe down from the notification bar at the top of the screen. Just make sure Messages are stuck into the Notification pane (navigate to Settings > Notifications > ďIn Notification CenterĒ) and you can sneakily check your messages without others knowing. There is one caveat to this method though: long messages canít be read entirely from the Notification Center.

    Finish Your Thoughts After Starting To Type

    When you start to write an iMessage, a symbol in the iMessage window will indicate that you are writing Ė much like the way Aim and Google Chat have always worked. Although this is a nifty way to make a conversation seem more interactive and lively, it can also cause a lot of frustration. Informing someone that you have started writing but are not sending anything leaves them high and dry. If you start something weíd recommend finishing it Ė even if you stall by telling them you are busy or tell them to hold on; itís nicer than just leaving them hanging (which is quite rude).

    Avoid Being Annoying


    Another nifty feature with iMessage is the ability to talk with animated GIFs. Itís potentially awesome but can also be very obnoxious. Spamming your friends will slow down their iPhone when they try to message back. Just like everything else use the animations in moderation. Now that you know how to avoid being annoying to friends you may have just figured out how to annoy people who you may not particularly likeÖ

    Final Thoughts

    iMessage is a great nifty tool which many will come to enjoy using but like anything else, it has its perks as well as its qualms. Knowing how to proceed from the get go will avoid a lot of frustration later on so soak up the information before iOS 5 is released on October 12.

    For those of you who already have iOS 5 GM and have been testing the betas, what do you think of iMessage? Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

    Source: Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How To Properly Use iMessage In iOS 5 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Why not just create a disposable email for use with it and only give it to select people? Obviously it would be a bad idea to use a well known email for something like this.
      That could kill branding if you are a company and need to use an official support address, or better yet, we shouldn't have to maintain multiple e-mail addresses. We should just be able to block people.
    1. golf4life80's Avatar
      golf4life80 -
      I wonder if BiteSMS will have this integrated? That would be nice.
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      What I want to know is, how will we be able to distinguish regular text messages (over the network) from iMessage messages (either over wifi or 3G) ? And do we get to switch between the two?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jabij1 View Post
      What I want to know is, how will we be able to distinguish regular text messages (over the network) from iMessage messages (either over wifi or 3G) ? And do we get to switch between the two?
      Regular texts have green bubbles. iMessage texts have blue bubbles.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Re-post this article on Oct. 12
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Regular texts have green bubbles. iMessage texts have blue bubbles.
      That's for outgoing. Incoming SMS's have gray bubbles. Will incoming iMessage texts have different colored bubbles?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      That's for outgoing. Incoming SMS's have gray bubbles. Will incoming iMessage texts have different colored bubbles?
      You can also tell by the color of the name at the top when you are sending it out. Same color system, blue = iMessage, green = SMS/MMS
    1. frejes32's Avatar
      frejes32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cheesey123 View Post
      Source: Gizmodo
      He did quote his source[/QUOTE]

      He had to have added that a while after he posted it because I looked everywhere for a source before commenting on it and didn't see anything about Gizmodo.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aumz View Post
      I agree also no one I know is on iOS 5 so I have no one to chat to....lol
    1. armyjoe98's Avatar
      armyjoe98 -
      Will you be able to message other iphone users in other countries without extra fees like you can with BBM?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by armyjoe98 View Post
      Will you be able to message other iphone users in other countries without extra fees like you can with BBM?
      Yes. It uses your data or wifi connection.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by armyjoe98 View Post
      Will you be able to message other iphone users in other countries without extra fees like you can with BBM?
      Yes, a few mods have been using imessages since 5.0 dropped. One of which is in a different country. Love it. Only thing is to turn off "Send as SMS". That sends an SMS if imessage fails. But with it off it puts a little red "!" and you can click that and manually say send as sms if needed. Saves from accidently sending and getting international charge.
    1. cheaposity's Avatar
      cheaposity -
      Hi there ,I came accross a flaw in the iMessages , I dont know if this is only me or someone else is having the same issue, My friend and I we both are using iMessages , However if my friends phone is off or out of coverage area, the message is sent is then sent as a text message , It shouldnt be this way if my friends phone is off or our of coverage it shall be sent as a iMessage not a SMS. Is there a solution to this ??
    1. fordr9's Avatar
      fordr9 -
      iMessage is great apart from group chats...once you get into one you can't get out of it. I have had to turn iMessage off because i got into as group chat and my phone was going off continuously. I woke the next morning and switched my phone on and 100 messages came through at once. After talking to Apple technical I was told there is no way to exit a group message apart from asking everyone in the group to stop the conversation. Bad design flaw
    1. billywockeez's Avatar
      billywockeez -
      Quote Originally Posted by fordr9 View Post
      iMessage is great apart from group chats...once you get into one you can't get out of it. I have had to turn iMessage off because i got into as group chat and my phone was going off continuously. I woke the next morning and switched my phone on and 100 messages came through at once. After talking to Apple technical I was told there is no way to exit a group message apart from asking everyone in the group to stop the conversation. Bad design flaw
      so that's the weakness after all
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      oh wow, that is crazy.

      I don't really do group chats myself. So far iMessage has been awesome for me. I like how it will say in gray text before you start typing whether the message will be sent as a text message or as iMessage. That means when you go to a person in which you've texted before, it "reaches out" and knows if the other person is on iOS 5 or not. My wife and several other of my contacts are on iOS 5 so our messages back and forth always go as iMessages, which doesn't cut into our 200/month text allotment.