How to Use Computers in Communication


There are a variety of ways that computers can be used for communication. From instant messaging to video conferencing, computers allow for complex and highly advanced communication. Email is one of the first, and least complicated ways of communicating over the computer. In fact, email is older than the Internet, and evolved over time. One of the first email systems was MAILBOX. In 1965, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology utilized the MAILBOX system to send messages to other computers, often attached to files. Prior to the invention of the Internet, however, even basic email systems were limited, as they could only send messages between users of the same network. With the invention of the World Wide Web, online email accounts allow for global communication, often at no charge to the user.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with keyboard
  • Internet connection

How to communicate on a computer using an email account

  • Type in the following information in the search box at the top of your home Internet page: "free email account."

  • Select any free email account program, and click on the link. Well-known Internet-based, free email accounts include: Gmail from Google, Hotmail from MSN and Yahoo Mail from Yahoo. There are many other companies offering free email accounts as well.

  • Click the button to sign up or register for your free email account. Enter your information in the fields provided. On most sites you can create your own email address by using the "check availability" button to ensure that it will be a unique email address.

  • Read the company's service agreement and privacy statement. This usually is located at the bottom of the page.

  • Accept the terms and then proceed with the sign up process. You will end up on the homepage of your new email account.

  • Communicate with other email account holders. Most email accounts have a "new," or "compose" button. Click this button or text link to create a new email. Type the person's email address into the "To" box, and then type your message in the body of the email. You may use spellcheck, and then click "send." A new screen will pop up to indicate that your message has been sent.

How to Communicate on a Computer with Instant Messaging

  • Do an Internet search for Instant Messaging. AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Adium are the programs that readily come up first in most searches.

  • Select the Instant Messaging (IM) program you want, and click the "download" button.

  • Read through the online instructions and familiarize yourself with your new Instant Messenger program.

  • Enter the IM names of your friends and family into your Instant Messenger contacts. By doing so, you will be alerted when they are online, and they also will know when you are available to chat.

  • Chat with a friend or family member in real time by selecting his IM name from your contact list and typing a message in the text box provided.

How to Communication on Computers Using Social Networking Websites

  • Choose to join one of the most popular social networking websites. Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn are similar types of networking sites.

  • Sign up for a free account on the homepage of the social networking website. You will need to enter your information, as well as an email.

  • Check your email address for your verification link. Click on the link and you will be transferred to your new homepage on your social networking site.

  • Create your profile. Fill in general information about yourself in your profile and add photos to help identify yourself and your page. Check your privacy settings to ensure that information only is given to people you allow to view your social networking page.

  • Communicate with others by searching for friends or family members by finding them on the social network. Typically, there is an advanced search option where you can type in a person's name, location and other identifying information. Photos often help to detect whether you have found the correct person.


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