Instant messaging IM technology is a type of online chat that offers real-time text transmission over the Internet. A LAN messenger operates in a similar way over a local area network. Short messages are typically transmitted between two parties, when each user chooses to complete a thought and select "send". Some IM applications can use push technology to provide real-time text , which transmits messages character by character, as they are composed. 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.
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Last Updated: September 17, References. This article was co-authored by Imad Jbara. This article has been viewed 3,, times. When you are first getting to know someone, text messaging can be a great way to break the ice and generate interest in getting to know each other better.