Well they call it "instant messaging"... it's more like "Direct private messaging" ... but whatever it is: here is how it works...

At the bottom of the main page, once you have logged in there is a section called "Private Message".

This is like a private little mailbox that is NOT an internet mail address but will let you pass off messages to other members. This happens either in real time (if the other user is online), or they are notified when they login.

The notification is in the upper right hand of the main forums page and reads: Hey, BEHEADER ASWP, you have 0 messages.
June 15th, 2001, 8:06am

For the time being that is the only notification there is. I will be modifying the perl script further in an attempt to get it to play "You got mail" or something when a message is present.