Are you and your buddies regular users of Instant Messaging? Participate in a 6-week research study to improve your understanding of Instant Messaging (IM). We are looking for groups of at least 4 IM buddies to investigate the use of an extension to the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The study would be run between July 8th and August 30. Participants will receive a monetary compensation of a $60 Amazon Gift certificate.

If you are interested, please answer the following questions. We will select participants among the people who complete the survey.

If you have questions, you may contact:

Professor Anind Dey, Ph.D.
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
Email: im-understanding-study@lists.andrew.cmu.edu

This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please answer the questions as best you can. All responses are confidential.


Please provide your contact information so that we may contact you if we have more questions or if you are selected to participate in the study.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Gender

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* 3. What is your age?


The study requires that you have regular access to a computer and the Internet, be a regular user of AIM, and have at least three other buddies willing to participate in this study. Please answer the following questions.

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* 4. Which of the following do you own?

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* 5. What operating system do you use?

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* 6. What instant messaging software do you use?

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* 7. What are the AIM screen names of your buddies who are willing to participate in this study?

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* 8. Do you have internet access?

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* 9. Do you have any travel plans between July 8 and August 30?

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* 10. If yes, please describe your travel plans and how long?

Thank you for your interest in the study! We will contact you if you are selected for the study.

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