Difference between "chat" and "IM"

Ethan Blanton eblanton at cs.ohiou.edu
Sun Jul 12 09:07:17 EDT 2009

xiaq spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I am currently working at the zh_CN translation for pidgin, and I
> noticed that "chat" and "IM" are used differently. It seems that "IM"
> usually refers to those with only two people involved, while "chat"
> usually means a chat in the chatroom. Am I right?

You are correct, that is the distinction that we make in Pidgin/libpurple.


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