Eastern Michigan University

EagleChat Instant Messaging (IM)

In its simplest form, instant messaging (IM) allows immediate communication between you and another person by transmitting a text message from one computer to another. Using public IM systems such as AIM, Google Talk, and Yahoo! to conduct business leaves university-owned data vulnerable to theft. We are utilizing EagleChat, a secure IM environment that is available only to those associated with EMU, to reduce these risks. You can access EagleChat IM through Pidgin for Windows computers and Adium for Mac computers.

This workshop presents the tools and techniques necessary to download, install, and set up Pidgin/Adium. Using instructor demonstrations, learners will have the opportunity to see how to download, install, and set up Pidgin/Adium. In addition, they will see how to search for, add, remove, and chat with buddies (contacts) . They will also see how to change a status, use a conference room, and transfer a file.

Target Audience

Any EMU faculty, staff, and student employees who want to communicate via a secure instant messaging system.

Topics Covered

Pidgin (Windows OS)

Adium (Mac OS)

Privacy Notice: If you are an Eastern Michigan University employee you may be provided access to financial, personnel, student, and donor data necessary to perform your job. This information is never to be used for personal use or shared with anyone whose official job duties do not require use of that data. Refer to I.T. Security Policies for updated information on the University's current security policies.