its not exactly email, but its not exactly NOT email is it? Tell us about your IM habits, what do you like, not like, etc. I use trillian, and windows based multi network client. I connect at the same time every day to 2 yahoos, 1 msn, 2 aols, 1 icq. I have contacts across all those networks. IM has gotten to be prevalent in my life that I deliberately close trillian (or gaim, or pigdin) on my home pc's so as not to be bothered by people outside of my normal work day. Anyone important has at least 2 different email addresses for me and one of them goes to my blackberry. . . .if necessary people can actually dial a phone number too, I always carry two phones . . .