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Instant Messaging – For More Complex Communication

Hillary Cyril | Editor, TechAnnouncer



Instant Messaging

Instant messaging is a kind of internet chat allowing instant text transfer either over the Internet or on another wireless network. When each user triggers a broadcast to the other participant, who are both connected to a similar network, messages are normally transmitted between the two parties. This is how instant messaging works. In some cases, Instant messaging allows real-time audio or video. It is used in many forms of communication, not only in personal communications. The Internet has greatly enhanced the features of Instant messaging, making it more popular and efficient.

There are two kinds of Instant Messaging: short message and long message. Short messages generally contain only a few characters. Long messages, on the other hand, are usually longer. Instant messaging systems allow users to browse through files and share them with their friends and relatives for free.

Many online businesses have adopted Instant messaging for their business, partly because of its great cost-efficiency. Companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Wildblue use this method of communication for their employees, customers, and other clients around the world. Instant messaging allows a direct connection with one another for collaborative purposes such as brainstorming, task management, and problem-solving. With this feature, people can easily chat with each other about personal issues, share files, and perform tasks without having to spend much time in chat rooms, instant messaging platforms, or instant messaging applications. By connecting via direct connection, people can get access to each other’s screens at the touch of a button.

Instant Messaging

In a group chat, two users can enter their names and start chatting. They can talk to one another and collaborate on projects, information, and jobs without having to send each other each individual email or document. Group chat systems also provide easy discussion boards where members can post their opinions, comments, ideas, and news regarding a specific topic. Direct communication is facilitated through group chat, which provides instant messaging with group interaction.

AOL was the first company to implement multimedia messaging in its instant messaging service. AOL Instant Messenger was the very first program to incorporate visual animations and sound effects. Nowadays, all AOL messenger users have the option to customize their accounts. User profiles may be modified by adding different multimedia features such as special effects and graphics. Instant messaging in AOL Messenger has even further evolved with the introduction of its web-based social networking tool, My Live Meeting. With the help of this feature, people can connect to other people who are in the same location.

Several companies have also made use of video chat services for interactive communication in their business operations. Companies such as Microsoft Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Cisco have made extensive use of video chat in order to enhance productivity. Some popular chat rooms that have been integrated into instant messaging programs are Yahoo’s Qwant, Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, Google Talk, and Skype. The introduction of video conferencing in the form of teleconferencing has also given rise to several useful communication features such as real-time translation with voice, screen sharing, and file synchronization among multiple users and systems.

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