Clear
64.9 ° F
Full Weather
Sponsored By:

What is instant messaging?

Question: What is instant messaging?

Answer: An Instant Messenger is a computer program which allows instant text communication between two or more people the Internet. It differs from e-mail in that conversations happen in real-time. Also, most services convey an “online status” between users, such as if a contact is actively using the computer.

Generally, both parties in the conversation see each line of text right after it is typed (line-by-line), making it more like a telephone conversation than exchanging letters. Instant messaging programs may also include the ability to post an away message, the equivalent of the message on a telephone answering machine.

If you have a question for our technicians, please email us by clicking here.

Use the myMotherLode.com Keyword Search to go straight to a specific page

Popular Pages

  • Local News
  • Fire Info
  • Weather
  • Dining Guide
  • Classifieds
  • Events
  • Movies
  • Tourism
  • Polls
  • Traffic
  • Media
  • Real Estate
Feedback