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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 18 April 2005 
  • Letter from the Editor
  • Kudos from our Customers
  • Rewards and Partners
  • Partner of the Month
  • KJ's Virus Corner
  • Search Engines
  • Instant Messaging aka ...
  • English is Really Craz...
  • So you Think you know ...
  • Wordfind of the Month
  • Talking Dog

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  • Instant Messaging aka Chatting
    by Nathon Oneel
    April 2005
    Chatting online is very popular these days - meeting new people without having the judgment of appearance. We all do it. It's a place where you are known by your thoughts, personality, and wit. This is as close as you will get to the reader.

    When using IM (instant messaging) the message you type is sent instantly and they receive it almost the same second you send it. There are many chat programs in the market place. They usually require an email account with that company. Most chat programs require their own ID. As an example, MSN Messenger requires you to use an MSN or Hotmail user ID which is only good for MSN Messenger. It doesn't work with AOL Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, etc. The most popular and widely used chats are the big brand name companies such as Yahoo, AOL, and MSN. But there are many more chat programs online also. Millions of people each day use these instant messenger programs to chat. You can save money on your long distance phone bill when you arrange a time to chat with framily or friends using IM instead of calling them on the telephone.

    In order to use these programs, you must have an account or user ID (a way to identify yourself to others while online). Some messengers require subscription while others are free (like Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, and ICQ). Every messenger program is different in looks and features. For example, some use a web camera which enables you to see the person you're chatting with. Others allow you to talk to them using a microphone - similar to a phone call.

    To choose which chat program is best for you, find someone you know who uses the program you are interested in. Ask them what they like and don't like about the program. How does it compare to other programs? Some have more features than others. Learn which features will meet your needs the best. You don't have to choose just one. You can have multiple chat programs on your computer and chat with all your friends. Since they all work about the same, it's easy to chat on one then switch to another.
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