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Chapter 21. The Internet > Chatting/Conferencing (JO)

Chatting/Conferencing (JO)

We've been able to talk to one another using telephones for some time now, so why are so many people, especially teenagers, using instant-messaging systems to converse? Who knows?

The Instant Messenger client from America Online (AOL) has popularized the instant-messaging phenomenon. Using instant-messaging applications, two or more people can “chat” in real time by typing and sending messages back and forth. One attraction of these services is that they're free. AOL's Instant Messenger has the largest following, but Microsoft has MSN Messenger, Yahoo has Yahoo Messenger, and a host of products, such as ICQ (www.icq.com/download/ftp-macppc.html), use Internet Relay Chat (IRC) as a message-exchange transport (Figure 21.56). The unfortunate problem with these messaging tools is a lack of interoperability. Microsoft and Yahoo have tried to make their products work with the popular AOL Instant Messenger system, but AOL has thus far thwarted their attempts by changing its code and blocking non-AOL clients at every pass.


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