Broadcast Notification Style Messages in iChat

Jun 2, 2010 - 4 Comments

ichat broadcast self message

This is a fun iChat trick I never knew about that uses an IRC command to broadcast a notification type of message…

Here’s how it works:

If you type /me followed by anything, it puts your name into the iChat window followed by the text in a notification style just like the “Soandso is now online.” and “Soandso is now offline.”

This only works with iChat to iChat, other IM clients will simply see the ‘/me is saying hello!’ text written out. But in iChat, it will look like the notification broadcast seen on IRC and BBS chat clients. Cool!

I found this trick on Andy Ihnatko’s blog, and the attached screenshot is from there too. You learn something new every day!

[ via Ihnatko: Stupid iChat Tricks ]

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X


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  1. Mark says:

    Yea this is a trick that you can use in IRC too, that’s probably where they got it from.

  2. Anybody who ever used a traditional IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client will be familiar with this (and other “/” commands).

  3. Sheryl says:

    I’ve seen the “/” command before, but didn’t know that it functioned in iChat. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Sam says:

    This can also be used in Adium if you use it instead of iChat.

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