(Rant Mode On)
What does it mean when I put my Status as "Busy" on Live Messenger?
Is it perhaps an invitation to say "Talk to me, I am idle"?
Is it a sign that says "Taking a break, I prefer to chat about last night's Heroes episode"?
No. It means I am most likely either looking at a customer's problem, or coding like crazy on the next product or infrastructure.
It most certainly also means that I'd prefer not to be bothered, but I am there in case someone needs help that can't otherwise wait, like for example when our product cart server is offline or experiencing issues that require immediate attention.
I'd respectfully request those of you who have me on their Messenger contacts to please use email instead as I can concentrate better on your issue when I focus my attention to it, rather than when you interrupt me.
(Rant Mode Off)