The higher your number, the more online third-degree connections you have. Your score isn’t an exact number of your third-degree connections. Rather, it shows how many connections you have relative to other AIM users.
I have a score of about 16K.
I have a few friends with scores as follows: 17K, 20K, 32K, 51K, and 57K. The last two are in the top 5% of all AIM users.
Just out of curiosity, when are people using AIM? It’s banned at every work site I know (and I know a lot). I can see the PR world using it, but the work places I know view it with the same love they hold for people browsing eBay during work hours. I’ve written computer use policies for clients that specifically forbid it.
My wife and I dumped all instant messaging software a few years ago because we’re hermits. She was constantly on invisible to avoid certain people she couldn’t remove from her list (relatives), and I hated the distraction during online games. Don’t bug me while I’m on my computer.
Strangely enough I’ve recently been seeing IM type apps make a big resurgence in the business world under the guise of productivity-enhancing communication apps.
HP has internal jabber servers and lets some employees run jabber as a means of staying in touch amonsgt locations . I have no idea the size of the deployment or the degree of penetration in HP but I know I’ve worked with HP project teams split across continents and the members used it communicate.