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Euro 2008 Display Pictures: Netherlands kicks France's derrière
dwergs says ( 14 Jun 2008 ):
Mysterious small, white box appears below Display Picture [UPDATED]
dwergs says ( 13 Jun 2008 ):
Like several other Messers (Greenstorm, anonymous & gt), I noticed a weird white square box below the conversation window's display picture area this morning. Some observations:
- It's not present in all conversation windows, just with certain contacts.
- It doesn't replace the webcam icon that's normally positioned there, but appears to the left of it.
- It appears in Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and (as reported by chickenroyal) 8.1.
- UPDATE (reported by Scizz and senayel): In Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta, it's not a box but the Office icon (screenshot).
Is it a new advertising space? A webcam preview? A status icon or display picture? Is it just a bug?
Ok, wait! I'm not going to obsess about an empty little box, am I? Let's just see what happens...
>> What's the "white square of mystery" according to you? Speculate on our forum.
UPDATE: The Messenger team speaks: "it was only a bug."
Euro 2008: GOALS Animated Display Pictures
dwergs says ( 13 Jun 2008 ):
Free animated Cristiano Ronaldo emoticons for Portugal fans!
dwergs says ( 12 Jun 2008 ):
Paying homage to the first team into the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, we have made animated emoticons featuring Portugal's Ron, Cris, Ronnie, The Sultan Of The Stepover, or arguably the Best Player of Euro 2008: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Our pack includes 10 animated Cristiano Ronaldo emoticons and one bonus animated display picture. The whole lot can be downloaded for free and in one click with CustoMess (about time we dusted that little gem off!). For the uninformed, CustoMess is Mess.be's small and free application for easily adding custom content to MSN/Windows Live Messenger. You can find Ron under Latest Packs or Emoticons.
The keyboard shortcuts are simple, just your standard emoticons preceded with ron, so we have ron:) ron:D ron;) ron:( ron:'( ron(h) ron:o ron8) ron:@ and ron:$). That's all you need to know to go Cris-crazy! Oh, and point your buddies to CustoMess if they want to add Ronaldo to their custom emoticon collections as well!
>> Download CustoMess.
>> Download CustoMess from Download.com.
>> Like these emoticons? Who would you like to see as an emoticon? Your feedback is welcome on our forum!
Googlepages.com ban lifted
dwergs says ( 11 Jun 2008 ):
Messer KRB noticed that links to googlepages.com aren't blocked by the Messenger server anymore and that the domain has been removed from the SPIM filter by Microsoft's mysterious 3rd party partner. Although the domain had been blocked for a few months, they really do seem to act quicker on Google-owned domains (as with YouTube.com a few weeks back) than on other undeserved and still active blocks like eBuddy.com.
Facebook catches up with Windows Live Messenger in UK
dwergs says ( 10 Jun 2008 ):
According to Nielsen Online, the time British web users spent using MSN/Windows Live Messenger in April 2008 matched the number of minutes spent on Facebook: 2.4 billion. While that's a whopping increase for Facebook (coming from 500 million in April 2007), it's a considerable loss for Messenger that still accounted for 3.2 billion minutes in the same month last year.
Alex Burmaster, internet analyst at Nielsen Online, defines it as a relatively rapid "seismic shift" from Instant Messaging to communication through social networks. IM in general appears to be over the hill (total minutes were down from 3.9 billion to 2.9 billion) and clearly losing ground to social networking (minutes up from 2.4 billion to 3.7 billion).
The speed of the takeover is astonishing. Only last February the same analysts declared Windows Live Messenger as the most engaging application in the UK.
How are you experiencing this? Are you die-hard Messers spending more time on Facebook lately than you do on Messenger? Do you think it's just a temporary craze or is browser-based communication the way to go? Share your opinion on our forum...
(Threat or not, Mess.be is on Facebook!)
[Source: Brand Republic]
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