Instant Messaging

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By: Alicia Evans

Instant Messaging

  • Program that enables you to communicate in real time with other who are online
  • Mostly used for causal conversations between friends
  • no software download is required because it's Web-based


  • AOL's AIM
  • Facebook Chat
  • Yahoo!
  • Google
  • Windows Live Messenger

How to keep track of your IM contacts?

  • Step up a list of contacts
    • Called Buddy List
  • Person must be online to communicate with them
  • When someone wants to chat with you, a window pops open with the message
  • If you don't want to chat with that person you can close or ignore the message
  • Some programs offer setting so that you can appear online or offline to certain friends
  • If you want to chat with more than one person, you can create a IM chat group

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