Officials at America Online, which runs the popular Instant Messenger service, and Microsoft, which runs MSN Messenger, say they've seen an increase in the amount of IM spam. Messaging and collaboration research firm Ferris Research estimates that the quantity of such solicitations doubled from 2002 to 2003, reaching 500 million last year.
Thomas Claburn, "The Rise Of 'Spim'," InformationWeek, January 19, 2004
Spimmers don't actually go into AOL and type in this stuff," says Fred Felman, spokesman for Zone Labs Inc., of San Francisco, which launched two antispim software products over the summer. Mr. Felman says bulk-message software has clever ways to get around built-in controls in messenger services by rotating the names used to broadcast pitches, or by generating new ones when old ones are killed.
Jennifer Saranow, "Angry Over Spam? Get Set for Spim," The Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2003
The peddlers, pornographers, predators, publicists and other pests will also try to get in on the act. We now call their e-mail "spam." We'll call their instant messages "spIM."
Eric Zorn, "R U ready for a plague of instant messages?," Chicago Tribune, August 5, 1999