Posted by Ines.


With the holidays just around the corner, we all will be heading home to visit our families or at least enjoy some "chill"  time at home away from work or school.  This means more time to "chat it up" on Messenger .  I thought it would be fun to post a few ways to be a little crazy and have some fun with Messenger over the holidays.
Guess That Song
Listening to music while talking on Messenger can be a lot of fun.  Messenger already lets you share the title of the songs you are currently playing in Windows Media Player or iTunes as your Personal Message. However, it can be a lot of fun to set your Personal Message yourself with the lyrics to that song you are jamming to, then IM your friends to have them guess the song.  If they’re clueless,  bail them out by sending them a quick snippet of the song using  Voice Clip.  If you are the talented American Idol wanna be (or <Your Country> Idol), sing your heart out in your Voice Clip and see if they guess the song or block you forever because you killed their favorite jam. 
Watch A Movie… Virtually
This little tip is my shout out to all of you long distance love birds out there.  Here are the basic steps:

  1. Pick a movie, and both run to your respective video store to rent the flick.
  2. Find a cozy place from which you can use Messenger AND watch the movie (comfy couch + laptop is ideal).
  3. Sign onto Messenger.
  4. Start a Voice Conversation.
  5. This is the hard part, but I know you can do it : Get through all of the DVD menus and previews, and simultaneously count down while talking on Messenger: 3, 2, 1, play!
  6. Enjoy the movie while chatting it up just like if you were sitting on the couch together!

Escape Your Family
Even though we all love our families, sometimes we just want to get out of the house for a while and catch up with old friends. Virtual Earth and the Messenger Activity API can help!  Send a Messenger invitation (under Activities in the Conversation Window) to share a virtual earth map with an old friend.  Both you and your friend can simply enter your respective locations and see your current locations highlighted on a map.  Search for movies or for tennis facilities (my personal favorite ) and instantly see all of the locations near both of you.  Pick a place that would not be far for either of you to reach, and then use Virtual Earth to get directions  What better way to burn off that turkey fat off by playing tennis with an old friend?
I hope you enjoyed the tips. The great thing is that you don’t have to wait for Windows Live Messenger to start having some holiday fun on Messenger.


Now is your turn to share your fun and innovative uses of Messenger (leave them in the comments if you wish)! And happy holiday messaging!