How to make iMessage work for you.

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If you upgraded to IOS 5 in October, then I know for a fact that you are loving the new iMessage feature on your iDevice. 
Doing away with the traditional Text Messaging services charging ridiculous rates for simple messaging, Apple finally brought us the answer to BlackBerry’s BBM.

The feature is rather simple, and yet really effective. But here’s 3 quick tips to make it even more effective for you.

1. Read Receipts.

So long as your recipient is online, be it via 3G or GSM, their device will accept your message, and show you that it has been successfully delivered to their device/s. This is as good as an email landing in the support queue at your IT provider, which could lie there for days before being opened/read.
By enabling Read Receipts within the Settings App, you can ensure that you get notified the second that the message actually gets opened (and now your IT provider has nowhere to run). This feature is disabled by default, but is no mean feat to enable.

2. Direct Address

While you are enabling your Read Receipts, you will notice the feature called Receive At. 
This was cleverly added by Apple’s IOS engineers, because let’s be honest, these days you have at least one mobile phone number, at least one personal email address, and hopefully only one work email address too. Whether you are messaging on your corporate/personal iPhone, personal iPad, or messing about on the iPod in the garden, you want to not only be contactable, but also keep your messages synced between your various devices.
So go ahead and add all the addresses that you have configured on your various devices, to ensure every device will have at least one contactable address/number.

3. Caller ID

One last setting before you get back to messaging; go ahead and set your Caller ID of choice.
You will be able to choose any one of the multiple numbers/addresses you just added, so feel free to pick one. One thing to take into consideration here though; you will be able to choose your phone number on your iPhone, but you will only be able to choose an email address from your iPad (as they don’t get numbers of course). This is not the end of the world, but does mess about with the recipient accepting messages from multiple addresses for you. So a piece of advice, choose your primary email address, be it work or personal. This way, you will ensure that all your messages stay nice and neatly synchronised, and you won’t get a mouthful from friends/family and colleagues asking you exactly how many addresses you do have.

Go and set the options you need, and start using iMessage to its full potential.

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