Keep your IMVU messages

Two tips about messages, well other than to send loving ones and to send them often. I don’t delete my messages because I’m lazy but also because if anything happens sometimes I find I have to find things or old gifts. It’s nice to have them available in a kind of time line, that you can look back through and see friends you might have lost track of. But there are two problems with messages in IMVU. They don’t have a date, and you can’t search them. Sometimes it’s important to know the date a message was sent or find all of the messages about a topic which you just can’t do at all in IMVU.

The second tip, I got from Katy and wish I learned a long time ago, is that you can get your messages via email. I was paranoid when I signed up so of course I said no emails for anything. And I didn’t even realize that getting my messages sent via email was an option. Even if you don’t want to see them or let them into your regular email, you can send them to a yahoo email address to create an automatic imvu message archive with a safe, secure third party. That solves the time and date issue, and makes them much more searchable. It doesn’t let you look through them and see who’s online the way IMVU does so I’ll still keep them there too.

If you think you might stay here for a while get a yahoo email address and send a copy of your messages there just in case you need them. It’s also a great way to protect yourself in case IMVU goes ballistic on you or your account gets hacked. If you had to start over you wouldn’t lose your messages and therefore could reinvite most of your friends.

Here is the link for your imvu email preferences

Another good resource is this form that Lets you send a message to anyone that hasn’t blocked you, even if they only accept messages from friends.

3 responses

  1. oh, the related tip i meant to tell you earlier about chat logs. in my version of windows they can be found on C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\IMVU which keeps the last few chats in files labeled imvulog.log imvulog.log.1 .2 .3 .4 .5
    there’s a similar folder for the mac.
    the logs come with a lot of extraneous information that takes a bit of effort to decode and clean up, which i have macros for. it’s also sort of fascinating to see all the messages behind the scenes that imvu sends. and that people’s chats are identified by their user id rather than name. and so you see their user id’s as well. which tells you how long they’ve been on imvu. sort of fascinating to see the range of numbers.

    March 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  2. Thanks Katy that is a great tip too. I am going to have to try it, and maybe make that a separate tip. It’s especially helpful when you crash I think. Sometimes I lose an important chat that way, or something important I needed to hold onto.

    March 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  3. Mindy

    I love and use the e-mail link all the time, I find it’s hard to use the IMVU messege boxes. I’ve lsot several messages and just had to retype them. I’m not a great writter and can’t organize my thoughts well and qucikly I guess that’s another reason to be on, the oppertunity to message and getting better. Thank you both for the fun tips!!!

    Mindy

    March 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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