~ Instant Messaging (IM)
Instant Messaging is fast becoming one of the most popular applications on the Internet. By maintaining a list of contacts via a 'buddy list' or 'contact list', Instant Messaging allows you to communicate immediately with someone who is 'on-line'.
How does it work? Instant Messaging places a message window on your computer, and the computer of the person you are communicating with. This messaging window allows you to see messages being typed, instantly.
IM Client Downloads:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):
Q: How much does it cost?
A: IM is free to download, and free to use. All you need is an Internet connection.
Q: Do I need to subscribe to AOL or MSN to use their IM service?
A: No. A little known secret is that you can use any IM service with any Internet connection. Thus, Maui Net members can use any, or all of the above listed IM programs.
Q: Can all IM services 'talk' to each other?
A: Yes & No. While some IM companies allow you to communicate with IM programs from another company, others do not. Trillian does provide an interface which allows many different IM programs to 'talk' to each other.
Q: How is IM different from E-mail?
A: While both E-mail and IM are convenient, E-mail is intented to be used when you do not require a response immediately. Both are similar, in that you need to type out your message, but IM is instantanious. When you send a message via IM, a message windows literally 'pops up' on the recipient's computer, which really gets their attention. As you correspond back and forth, you actually see the messages being typed in 'real time', as it is being typed! IM is literally, instant.
Q: How is IM different from Chat Rooms?
A: While both are similar in that you see each other's responses in 'real-time', chat rooms are often open to the prying eyes of the public, and require your coordinating a time and place to correspond in the chat room. IM communicates between two computers, yours and your intended recipient, providing convenience and privacy not always available in a chat room.
**The information listed above is provided as a convenience to our members. The companies which provide IM services are not affiliated with Maui Net in any manner, and Maui Net is not responsible for any software downloaded. Maui Net does not provide technical support, or instruction, on the afformentioned programs.