Advantages and Disadvantages of MSN
Have you ever used MSN? I know most of the people in my school from grade five and up have a Hotmail account and use MSN. In fact, MSN is the most popular instant messaging service in the whole world. Altough using MSN is pretty cool cause you can chat with your friends by internet about anything you want and usually no one is checking on what you say. MSN though, has obviously some advantages and disadvantages and that is what I'm going to write in this week's free post.
An advantage of MSN is obviously chatting with your friends for a low price. You can ask your friends about your homework if you don't understand something just by seeing if they are connected and typing away. MSN also has it's own webpages that don't talk only about chatting and bla bla bla. There is a health and fitness page that has cool fitness tips and health stuff, a shopping MSN page where you can know the latest places to shop, there is a shop online service, links to websites of the coolest shops, etc., a news page where you can get the latest info on current events, services, and things like that. One important advantage MSN has is that it is easy to use. If you have a Hotmail account (which is totally free), you just download the program which is also free and you chat away. If you don't have a Hotmail account you can do it really easily by following some well-explained steps. If you don't have the program there are tons of links in those sites and on the main Hotmail site to do so. It is also totally free. MSN programs have different versions like Windows Messenger, Messenger 7.5, Windows Live Messenger, etc. I recommend downloading the latest one, Windows Live Messenger. For a totally free price you get a bunch of new smilies, new games, options to customize your layout, and lots of other cool stuff. There are also free and not so free add-ons like MSN Plus! which is a free one though were you get lots of customizable stuff like writing with your mouse on the text box instead of typing.
MSN has disadvantages though, like any other thing in the world. I think a really common disadvantage that everyone knows about is that you don't control who adds you to their own contact list. Once, a random guy from somewhere in the world started asking me stuff like which city I lived in, and how old I was. I deleted the guy and blocked him (with MSN you can delte AND block the person so he won't be able to contact you EVER again unless you readd them). That is a big disadvantage, it can be one of your friends that created another account just to have a laugh or it could be someone from somewhere who might wanna rob or harm you or someone else you know. Another disadvantage is that sometimes when someone you don't know adds you or even someone you know is that they can download programs or even create their own and that way they can hack your Hotmail account. It happened to me a short time ago and I had to create a poopy, new account because the guy (or girl) wouldn't give me back my password. >:( For me, those are the only disadvantages of MSN. There are not so many but they are still very risky and it's important to be aware of them. There is a service MSN has and it is called MySpace. They are your own personal websites were you can put self pictures, write about yourself, create a profile, post your favorite bands and songs, etc. It is a little risky if you put self photos because you don't know who is seeing them but if you are smart and keep away from harmful people, nothing bad will happen. MySpace is good because that way you can meet new friends around the globe!
In conclusion, I think it is safe to use MSN, because if you are aware of what could happen and if you are smart enough, hopefully nothing bad will happen to you. Although it has some disadvantages, it is still a very safe service and it's super cool! You can chat with your friend for a low cost (the only thing you are paying is using the internet which has nothing to do with MSN directly), meet new people, and visit specialized MSN sites! You can do lots of things with MSN if you stay aware of disadvantages and smart!