I had the Instant Messaging equivalent of an out of body experience yesterday. I was dragged into a massed MSN chat containing Kieron Gillen, Alec Meer, Dan Grilopopopopopolous, Ste Curran, Rhianna Pratchett, Jim Rossignol, Paul Dean, DAT500, Rob Hale and half a dozen other people, as Kieron wanted to see how many people he could get into an MSN chat before it started to break. It was a very odd conversation, as some people were on some people's access lists, and some people had been blocked, so not everyone could read each other's messages. Rob was particularly paranoid that he was missing out on bits of the conversation.
The result was a mind-bending blend of about six different chats, mostly between the Future journo-types - Ste soliciting Kieron to introduce him to Russians on Friendster, in the main. A bit like watching a car crash, really. Discomforting, but oddly compelling. Quite an interesting way to finish up my day at work, anyway.