Holy cow, I wrote a book!
the tenth anniversary of Windows Live Messenger.
My colleague Danny Glasser
provides some history behind the product,
and you can watch a
tenth anniversary celebration video created for the occasion.
And thus is inspired today's Microspeak: Whale Boy.
Whale Boy is the nickname for the pawn-shaped Messenger buddy icon.
His normal state is green, but he changes color or picks up a piece of flair
to indicate various changes in status, such as busy or away.
I don't know the etymology of the term, but I suspect it came
from his somewhat rotund appearance.
Sample usage (which I made up just now; not from an actual document):
"Why don't we light up Whale Boy when the user regains connectivity?"
Bonus Microsoft trivia:
At timecode 3:40 in the video (spoiler alert!)
Steve Liffick presents Whale Boy with a strange glass object.
That is the Microsoft ten-year service award.
Stick around for 25 years and
collect the entire set!