What is Instant Messaging (IM)?
Instant Messaging is a kind of communication in which two people or more communicate in real time. The text is transmitted via computers linked over a network such as the Internet. Earlier it was “Internet Relay Chat” which was used for instant messaging. This might be considered more similar to real conversation unlike e-mail’s “letter” format. Instant messaging client is required to connect for instant messaging service.
A number of parties can instantaneously communicate with each other by using instant messaging service. The information can be transmitted quickly and efficiently and it is possible with instant messaging that user can save the conversation. Instant messaging services are very much beneficial for family networking. There are many instant messaging providers offers a free IM account. Some of them are MSN Messenger, Yahoo messenger, Apple iChat, Google talk, AOL Instant Messenger,and Skype.
All the Instant Messaging Providers More or Less have Similar Features Like:
- • PC-to-PC Calls
• Instant Messaging
• PC-to-Voice Calls
• File Sharing
• Photo Sharing
Requirements: Computer & Internet connection.
Steps to Set Up an IM Account on Your Computer:
- 1. To start instant messaging service you need to download the instant messenger of your choice. Like MSN Messenger, Yahoo messenger, Apple iChat, Google talk, AOL Instant Messenger, and Skype all these IM providers offers a free IM account. Simply visit their website and search for instant messenger to download on your home computer.
2. Next step is to install instant messaging provider on your computer. Actually installation process is very easy. You just have to click on “Run” button in each window.
3. Once you install the IM provider first step is to sign up with your user ID (Create a new account if you don’t have one). After login you’re ready to send and receive instant messages. Now is the time to invite your friends and family for IM.