Originally Posted by SelfHateKills
If you just change your availability and not the actual message, I don't think your contacts will see an update
Actually I have tried both, just changing the availability (Available or Busy) and to inputing a customize status messages, or also putting some words on status message field.
NONE of those changes are seen by my contacts. Again in relation to the topic "is it true about the bug, when you get more than 100 contacts thing".