Instant Messaging software allow users to find friends and contacts through the Internet and communicate with them in real time. Users maintain a list of contacts and the software will notify when these contacts are online and contact is available. To use an instant messaging service it is necessary to install software and have a registered account with the messaging service. Messaging allows you to chat, send messages and files and various other features but only with people you choose. Many services offer the software and registration service for free then display advertising to pay for it.
Computers, cell phones and other handheld devices can be used with these messaging services.
As well as text chat most services provide the ability to use a microphone and video camera to talk with and see your contact and your contact can talk with and see you. The computer must be equipped with speakers or head phones to hear your contact.
Video conferencing and Internet Relay Chat (irc) allows people to participate in real-time discussions with other people through the Internet. Conference uses log on to a service that provides the connection.
With ird the person types messages and replies to others messages as they are written. Often an irc discussion has a topic and users will join to discuss this topic. Other irc discussions are free flowing and regardless of how centred the discussion is it can take some time to sort out the different threads of discussion in a busy irc.
Video conferences can be use for meetings or for providing seminars. Online conferences have a famous or knowledgeable person contributing their knowledge on a topic of interest to the conference subscribers. Often there is an option to ask question and participate in the discussion using an irc format.
Many online game sites provide video, audio, and text communication so that gamers can communicate with fellow team mates, people the are competing against, and computer generated avatars.
Last update: March 6, 2017