Instant Messaging (IM)

Type talk, white keyboard.One of the most popular means of communication over the Internet is instant messaging. Through instant messaging, you will be able to send messages and receive messages from anyone around the world on a real time basis. This means that when you are instant messaging, you will be communicating as if you were on the telephone. The only difference is that you are typing what you are supposed to say and you are reading what you are supposed to hear. Isn’t that neat? Some people think, instant messaging is one of the greatest things that have been invented for the Internet. Instead of paying a lot of money for overseas calls, you can simply chat with someone from another country for free! After paying for the electricity on your computer and your Internet connection, you do not have to worry about anything else. There are no additional instant messaging bills because the services are entirely free!

If you have not yet tried instant messaging then you are missing out on a lot of fun. Companies that offer software programs with instant messaging are Google, ICQ, Yahoo and Microsoft, to name a few; as well as popular Open Source packages, such as Jabber.. Through instant messaging, you will be able to make a lot of friends online. You will be able to meet a lot of people and you might even meet the love of your life online. You can conduct business through instant messaging and you will be able to level the playing field with your competitors through this communication method. If you live in India and you want to write programs for someone in the United States then you can contact someone from the United States through instant messaging. You will be able to offer your services to people around the world and you will be able to communicate with anyone else who has an Instant Messaging service. Global barriers have fallen and the world is one big marketplace already. There are some precautions that one must take when instant messaging. It is important not to send confidential information on the Internet. You should not be displaying your home address, your telephone number, and especially your credit card number! If you want to keep you and your family safe then you should not trust instant messaging too much. If you put confidential information on these programs then this could be seen by other people online. Be cautious about the information you supply to these services and programs. Most services are supported by advertising, and you should be wary about the information you provide to these advertisers. You have no way of knowing fully how this information may be used, and it could be misused by spyware or other malware applications.

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