How Does Instant Messenger Work?


What Is Instant Messaging?

  • Instant messaging allows a person to talk from their computer to another computer user via the Internet using Internet software. Some popular instant messengers include Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger, ICQ and MSN messenger (see Resources below). Instant messaging is a popular way for individuals and even businesses to communicate with each other. Some even allow communication using a microphone or webcam.

Where Can You Get an Instant Messenger?

  • Most instant messengers can be downloaded from the Internet free of charge. Most current versions are compatible with the Windows platforms such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. To communicate with your friend, business partner or family member, you both must have the same instant messenger. The messenger programs require registration after you download them, plus an ID name and a password.

How Do I Use an Instant Messenger Program?

  • Download the instant messenger of your choice to your desktop. Click the "Install" program once it has finished downloading. Be sure that the other person has the same program so that you may communicate with each other. Be sure to register a unique ID username and password. Ask your friend for their ID. Add their name to your messenger. Be sure to read the help and user guide of the software. Each software has special directions for adding other users. Click on your friend's ID name within your messenger and begin typing in the box. Before you know it, you will be starting a conversation, and it will like talking on the telephone or texting via your cell phone. To further the instant messaging technology, most cell phones now offer instant messaging as well--so you can be logged in no matter where you are. Be careful, as this can be a very addicting hobby.

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