AIM, AOL & CompuServe

Q: If I have a Screen Name with both AIM and AOL or CS2000, can I be signed on to both at once?
A: Yes; however, you will receive your Instant Messages through AOL or CompuServe. Also, the "Away message" won't work unless you sign off of AOL or Compuserve.

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Q: Why can't I send an Instant Message to an AOL user who is displayed in my Buddy List? When I try to do this, I receive a message that the person is not online.
A: AOL users have a feature that let them block all incoming Instant Messages but still be seen in Buddy Lists. It is possible that the AOL user has blocked all Instant Messages or blocked all Instant Messages from you.

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Q: What features of AIM work with AOL and CompuServe2000 members?
A: AIM users can see AOL and CS2000 users in their Buddy Lists and can send and receive Instant Messages to and from them. However, AIM User Profiles, chat rooms, and a few other features are "AIM-only."

Conversely, AIM users cannot enter AOL chat rooms or view AOL or CS2000 Member Profiles. AOL and CS2000 members who want to join AIM chat rooms should install AIM and sign on using their Screen Name.

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Q: How do I use my current AOL Screen Names with AIM
A: As an AOL member, your Screen Name is reserved for you if you want to use it with AIM; however, you must still register the Screen Name with the AIM service before using it. To register your AOL Screen Name for an AIM account, go to the registration page for AOL members.

Once you receive registration confirmation for your AIM account, you can create and register additional AIM Screen Names. (Note that these can be new and different from your AOL Screen Names.)

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