People first get an ICQ number
which can be send to others so that they can add you to their buddies list.
Fortunantly, there is an "AUTHORIZE" option ,
so random people can't add you if you don't want it when they found
you through the search option.
The best option is the Invisible Mode:
people can't see your online status,
except if you want them.
You can add them into your visible list. In contrast to that, there is also an Invisible-list.
ICQ makes very unsociable if you talk to many people. It's a real time killer.
Only use it for talking to friends from the realworld.
One advice: TURN OF THE SOUNDS , IT WILL MAKE YOU INSANE....
BIG(through ICQ):"hey reppuken,let's go to the cinema"
I advice downing the so called "old" 95/98 version fot better compatability.
Still the only IM that supports real real-time chatting in a chatroom.
go to www.icq.com for the program
"next time yur on ICQ, message me will ya?"
"gee, you're really popular on ICQ"
"You must be using icq"