AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is one of the most popular real-time text chat programs. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can download AIM for free and use it to chat with their friends over the AIM network. And even if you don’t have AIM installed on your computer, you can still use it through a service called “AIM Express” available on their website that lets you send instant messages without having to download and install any software.
That’s good for when you are sitting in front of a computer. But that isn’t always possible. You may be out of the house or the office and far from a computer, say, for example, on the beach or riding a bus. But let’s say you want to contact an online buddy somehow. Maybe you’re shopping in the mall and you see an item you want to ask your friend about. Can you talk to your online buddy without dropping everything and looking for a computer? Well, if you have a Sony PSP, you can. A new service now allows you to use AOL Instant Messaging on a Sony PSP. Appropriately enough, this service is called AIMonPSP.
Don’t worry about having to download and install anything to your PSP. The AIMonPSP service runs as a web client, meaning that you only need to access it with the PSP web browser to use it. Simply point the PSP browser the address aimonpsp.com and sign in with your AIM username and password. Then you will be able to exchange messages with your AIM buddies even when you’re away from your computer.
That may not seem like a big deal when you consider that you can send a text message to someone on your mobile phone or even just call the person. But an AIM is different form of communication altogether. It is a client for network communication through the World Wide Web. What that means is, your AIM buddy list can consist of people anywhere, including people you have never seen or whose real names are unknown to you. In other words, AIM gives you access to a different social network from that you can reach through a regular mobile phone (of course, some mobile phones do have the ability to surf the Net). So it actually is very cool to be able to use AIM on the bus or out in the street with your PSP.
By Joseph Ducat