More advanced instant messaging can add file transfer, clickable hyperlinks, Voice over IP, or video chat.
Non-IM types of chat include multicast transmission, usually referred to as "chat rooms", where participants might be anonymous or might be previously known to each other (for example collaborators on a project that is using chat to facilitate communication).
Instant messaging is a set of communication technologies used for text-based communication between two or more participants over the Internet or other types of networks. Of importance is that online chat and instant messaging differ from other technologies such as email due to the perceived quasi-synchrony of the communications by the users.
Some systems permit messages to be sent to users not then 'logged on' (offline messages), thus removing some differences between IM and email (often done by sending the message to the associated email account).
Instant messaging, or IM, is catching on with adults in a big way as it moves rapidly into the workplace, according to recent surveys.
In fact, analysts predict IM soon will overtake e-mail as the No. Already, more than four in 10 adult Internet users in the United States use instant messaging software, and one in five IM users is sending instant messages at work, according to a survey released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
"E-mail took much longer to see that kind of growth," said Brian Curry, senior director of network services in AOL's instant message unit.
Anyone with teenagers knows already that there is a huge generation gap in IM usage.
As with Yahoo Messenger, multiple persons can chat through the “buddies list,” which allows audio communication.
If you're an avid instant messenger, you probably know what I mean: "Instant messaging doesn't work for me, does it work for you?
" Yet I appear to be on the way to becoming a minority, a fuddy-dud resisting the text-chat party.
Instant text messaging is more popular among DE users in view of the choice it provides between responding to a message immediately (synchronous communication) or after a delay (asynchronous).
The different synchronous and asynchronous approaches are likely to become more widely used in parallel with one another, as they are integrated in individual product packages.
Instant messaging software, for those few remaining uninitiated folks, allows people to send text messages over the Internet and have them appear almost instantly to friends and colleagues.