While I'd probably be perfectly happy if the rest of the world subsisted only on IRC and email for digital communication, I've long given up and accepted the role of instant messengers in our lives. Nevertheless, I am left with an important question:

While I think Jabber/Gtalk is probably ideal, I recognize that AIM is a defacto standard. I'm not happy about this, but.... why doesn't this platform after probably 10 years, have offline messaging? other services have it, and have had it for ever. Hell, AOL bought and integrated ICQ which had it, so why isn't there real support for it?

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