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Q: AOL/AIM profiles ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: AOL/AIM profiles
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: julie99-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 30 Mar 2003 13:50 PST
Expires: 29 Apr 2003 14:50 PDT
Question ID: 183325
Is there a way for me to see who is checking either my AOL profile or
AIM buddy info?
Subject: Re: AOL/AIM profiles
Answered By: dogbite-ga on 20 Apr 2003 16:30 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi julie99-ga,

  No, there is not a way to see who is checking 
  your AIM buddy info.  When your AIM client
  signs onto the AOL server it uploads a buddy
  info message to the server.  The server then
  responds with this info whenever another client
  requests it.  Your client does not receive the 
  request directly.

  I'm basing my knowledge on my experience writing
  AIM clients.  I've used documents such as:
  - a perl module that speaks the AIM TOC protocol
 - a discussion of AIM protocols.

  I do understand your wish to know who is pulling
  your information though.  Because of it, I'm working
  on  It works on a different,
  but related problem.


Request for Answer Clarification by julie99-ga on 20 Apr 2003 20:34 PDT
Yes, but by linking your AIM profile to something like subprofile, you
can see who is looking.  The link didn't go to
anything...what is that for?

Clarification of Answer by dogbite-ga on 20 Apr 2003 21:38 PDT
Hi julie99-ga,

  I'm sorry -- it is

  Beware that the site is still in a pre-release 

  And yes, your profile can link to a site like 
  subprofile, which will record the http referrer 
  information and produce stats accordingly.  But 
  even that requires somebody to click on the link 
  returned by "Get Budy Info..."

  Even using a web stats service like subprofile, 
  there is no absolute way to know who is requesting 
  your AIM info.  But perhaps their services are
  sufficient (or nearly sufficient) for your needs.

  Does that help you out?  Please let me know.

julie99-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: AOL/AIM profiles
From: jinwoo-ga on 30 Mar 2003 19:43 PST
tisme-ga doesn't know the answer so he/she put down some answer. I
would goto and get a profile from there.
You can find out who is checking your AIM info.

P.S AIM profiles are not stored in a server but in your own computer.

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