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im: differences and similarities to other techs

I read with mild interest about the UM Chat feature...I have been aware of it and know others who have used it for office hours. However, I am unclear how it differ with email. For example, if I have office hours and say I will be available by email, how is that different than im'ing?

I do appreciate the idea that students who have meshed via iming (or another online way) may be more apt to work well f-f.

Still, I didn't sign up for an account quite yet :-)